Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

“Beastin’ the Identity Crisis”

Ink on Paper by Louise Krampien
Curated by Charles Siegfried

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by insistent self-questioning, and what it can reveal about ones identity. I enjoy the exploration of how such mental uneasiness can manifest itself physically. Previously my work has been primarily large-scale woodcut self-portraits. As an avid animal lover, and with my pets alongside me in the studio, these familiar animals inevitably emerged throughout the portraits.

In this particular body of work, I have honed my subject matter to the animal itself. I am interested in the identity, limits, and struggles of these animals. Who are these animals? Where do they come from? Why are they here? Why do they behave this way? What can’t they do, and why can’t they do it? While examining the limitations of my subjects, I have allowed myself to break free from my rigid print practice and to display my original drawings in their raw form. By allowing myself to execute images in a much more immediate and free manner I found that such direct image making was very wild and satisfying, and lent itself directly to my imagery.

Louise Krampien

About the Artist

Louise Krampien (b. 1985, Illinois) is a Portland based Printmaker who works primarily in large-scale woodcuts. She received MFA in Printmaking from Washington State University in 2010, her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2008, and her B.S. in Photography from Carroll College in 2007. She has exhibited in Portland, Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, and Washington state and has works in collections in Tucson, Chicago, Ludwigsburg Germany, and Aberystwyth Wales.

Loise Krampien CV 2011

Big thanks to Ghost Montrose for playing at the opening

Selected Pieces

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Nautilus vs Nautilus Preparatory Drawing
Nautilus vs Nautilus Preparatory Drawing
Nautilus vs. Nautilus
Nautilus vs. Nautilus