Artist StatementHubacher’s “constructed” paintings and collagraphs are characterized by their organized compositions and their textured surfaces. Her work addresses the concepts of order and balance and what reflects the essence of “place.” With a visual vocabulary drawn from the shapes, angles and textures of the built and natural environment, Hubacher continues to pursue a formal and meditative ideal, which is a perfection of resolution in pictoral space. Within her work she explores the effect of landscape, the poetics of space, the texture of memory and the weight of experience.
Karen Hubacher, a Washington DC-based artist, recently moved to Rock Hall. For over 20 years she and her husband had a weekend waterfront cottage in Rock Hall, which was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. With the help of local architect, Urs Hilfiker, they designed and built a new home on their property and moved in last year. Her studio in Rock Hall is housed in a former marine canvas shop. Hubacher has been an exhibiting artist for 18 years and has been represented on the Eastern Shore by the Carla Massoni Gallery since 2003. She has had nine solo shows in the Washington metropolitan area and over 70 group exhibitions nationwide. She has won distinctions in national juried shows in both painting and printmaking and was awarded two painting fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and a scholarship for study at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Hubacher’s work is in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the City Hall Art Collection of DC, Johns Hopkins University, Booz-Allen Hamilton, Embassy Suites Hotel, the International Monetary Fund, and the American Embassy in Poland. Hubacher is an abstract painter and printmaker whose work is characterized by organized structures and highly textured surfaces. Architectural and landscape motifs are evident, inspired by her new home construction process and the experience of living at the water’s edge, observing water and land affected by tides and weather. Her most recent work was exhibited this year in the “24/7" show at the Carla Massoni Gallery and in a solo show at planB in Washington, DC.