Numbers, measuring, arithmetic, and formulas are the foundational tools of Karlie Norrish McChesney’s multi media art. Right out of high school Karlie worked as a draftsperson in an architectural engineering firm before pursuing her BEd and MEd in Studio Art Practices. Retired from her 30-year teaching career she now pursues the arts fulltime. Karlie is fascinated by angles of perspective and structural 3D form that she represents in a two-dimensional format. The fusion of her mathematical and creative ideas has been showcased in her work from childhood through to the present. Karlie’s studio is located in Chilliwack, British Columbia; she exhibits her work locally in the province of British Columbia, across Canada and in the USA.
Angles of perspective and structural forms fascinate me. My work explores how 3D models can be represented in a 2D format that demonstrates great depth and volume. My preferred medium is fiber in the form of stitched textiles that hang on the wall; however, there is often an element of mixed media applied to the surface or standing as an installation accompanying the 2D work.
All things mathematical inspire me. I love to solve puzzles especially those with 3D form; for example, making origami modulars. I have been making origami for more than 30 years, the more complex the structure the more thrilling it is to assemble. It is exciting for me to use this complex form in my art making.
The work requires much measuring, calculating and arranging of colour, so the making of my art is also a form of puzzle solving. I use computer software in conjunction with hand drafting to plan the work. The final pieces are constructed primarily in textiles, which are surface painted; and accompanied often with a mixed media addition of paint, paper, plastic, metal, clay, and/or wood.