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Juliet Karelsen - Groundless


  • Speedwell Projects 630 Forest Avenue Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
Unlike a traditional solo show which typically represents one body of work, Juliet Karelsen's exhibit Groundless will explore parallels and contact points across multiple bodies of work, shedding light on the artist’s breadth of process and perspective. In all of Karelsen’s work we see a profound sensitivity to her subjects—be that her dying father and his caregivers, the nostalgic collectibles amassed in a home soon to be sold, or the delicate matter that makes up the ground beneath our feet. Karelsen’s work reveals an acute attention to place and the way we find meaning in time, through our longing and attachment to others (and to objects), despite their ephemeral nature.   The title Groundless emerges from the Buddhist concept of humans existing on a groundless ground, in emptiness, in open space, and from the Buddhist goal of becoming comfortable in our psyches in dwelling on this groundless ground.   Juliet Karelsen studied painting at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has been painting for many years and experimenting with different forms of stitching for the last few years. Her work has been shown across Maine, New York City, Boston,Ohio and abroad in Spain, Argentina and Switzerland. She was born and raised in New York City and has been living in Maine (mostly) since 1991.

Unlike a traditional solo show which typically represents one body of work, Juliet Karelsen's exhibit Groundless will explore parallels and contact points across multiple bodies of work, shedding light on the artist’s breadth of process and perspective. In all of Karelsen’s work we see a profound sensitivity to her subjects—be that her dying father and his caregivers, the nostalgic collectibles amassed in a home soon to be sold, or the delicate matter that makes up the ground beneath our feet. Karelsen’s work reveals an acute attention to place and the way we find meaning in time, through our longing and attachment to others (and to objects), despite their ephemeral nature.   The title Groundless emerges from the Buddhist concept of humans existing on a groundless ground, in emptiness, in open space, and from the Buddhist goal of becoming comfortable in our psyches in dwelling on this groundless ground.   Juliet Karelsen studied painting at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has been painting for many years and experimenting with different forms of stitching for the last few years. Her work has been shown across Maine, New York City, Boston,Ohio and abroad in Spain, Argentina and Switzerland. She was born and raised in New York City and has been living in Maine (mostly) since 1991.