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Kris Haas Portland, Oregon

Artist Kris Haas creates expressive mixed-media abstracts on paper where she relies on intuition when combining blocks of color with free-form shapes. “I think it is important to give the color space to breathe in order to be understood and seen,” says Kris. After her accident in February of 2004 which left her with a permanent brain injury disability, Kris found herself relying on her visual language. Her process starts with selecting the right image, one that will stand out and call to her, images and gestures that create different feelings and a different atmospheric approach. From there, she decides where the color blocks need to go. Notably, one of Kris’ works was in the permanent set of the hit series Mad Men, featured in one of the offices in the last two seasons. Kris is constantly creating and needs her studio clean and organized. “The tabletop does get messy though and it gets a daily organizational cleaning, otherwise I wouldn't be able to work!”

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    About The Artist

    Artist Kris Haas creates expressive mixed-media abstracts on paper where she relies on intuition when combining blocks of color with free-form shapes. “I think it is important to give the color space to breathe in order to be understood and seen,” says Kris. After her accident in February of 2004 which left her with a permanent brain injury disability, Kris found herself relying on her visual language. Her process starts with selecting the right image, one that will stand out and call to her, images and gestures that create different feelings and a different atmospheric approach. From there, she decides where the color blocks need to go. Notably, one of Kris’ works was in the permanent set of the hit series Mad Men, featured in one of the offices in the last two seasons. Kris is constantly creating and needs her studio clean and organized. “The tabletop does get messy though and it gets a daily organizational cleaning, otherwise I wouldn't be able to work!”

    Artist Statement

    The need to create has always been there, ever since I was a little girl. It is a primal one, not an academic one which is why I chose to for the most part skip the academic route aside from a couple of classes. It always felt as if the best classroom was in the studio, doing the work and following my intuition and then the words would come later. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. More often they don't since having had 4 concussions and a permanent Brain Injury Disability since 2004.

    With that said, I am drawn to color, shapes and movement in that order mostly but not all the time. I think it is important to give the color space to breathe in order to be understood and really seen and not crowded too much. I like to give it space to dance, to move, to let the viewer imagine what the painting could have looked like seconds before it was finished and if it was alive what could it have looked like moments after it was created. This I feel describes my earlier works and in staying true to my nature as a person and artist I evolve to let more complex structures into my life like my recent Disjointed Reality body of work and it's derivative Worn & Torn.

    My more recent works encapsulate a putting back my 'disjointed' life', since finally being stable enough, after many years of instability since acquiring my Brain Injury, & even though I feel 'worn & torn' because of life's challenges, through it all I still chose to create something meaningful, something beautiful, instead of getting caught up in 'what might have been.'

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