Karen Ganz, b. 1963
Rudimental
2001

Oil on canvas
60" x 73" x 3"

Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection


Karen Ganz creates primitively drawn cartoon figures from yesteryear and these "everyman" characters have long defined her artistic terrain. As Ganz states, "I make large scale, very physical oil paintings... . The images in my work are from old 1920s cartoons of a universal character, the company-man. I use these images in very gestural paintings as metaphors for psychological states of mind."

Rudimental, combining the words fundamental and rudimentary, "is from a series about being obsequious in the face of threats/intimidation/danger," Ganz says. The bending figures physically represent a psychological bending to what is "thrown at you."