Text by Persis May Singh, Art Historian, NY
She courageously goes beyond the given and familiar, pioneering new techniques and materials in order to expand her own vision. Many of Haug’s works are exemplary of her penchant for monolithic, eccentric, dynamic forms, and bursts of emotion. Her art is impulsive but not violent—and more seductive than confrontational. Haug’s works don’t want to assault you, but suck you into their oceanic swirl, carry you along for the ride. The magic emerges in the tension between control and spontaneity, and the result is invariably surprising, open-ended, poetic, and spiritual. In the majority of works the artist creates an explosion of color. A master of color, Haug is equally adept in her use of pure white. Haug uses white to both invade and neuter the surrounding cacophony of colors, the artist’s intent is to block out the outside world in order to give the viewer space in which to roam freely.
Haug finds her ideology in the deep contours of creation. It is her acute love and understanding of color, composition, and positivity that lends comparisons to Picasso, Edvard Munch, Rothko, and Chagall.
Kari Elisabeth Haug
She got her international breakthrough in 2009 when she was invited to the Biennale in Florence. This was the starting point that led to exhibiting all over the world. Last year she has painted «The Frieze of Life» for her exhibition in Rome which was dedicated to the celebration of Edvard Munch`s 150 year anniversary. Haug is ready for her solo exhibition on September, Gallery Steiner in Vienna, and on October she will participate in La Grande Exposition Universelle in Paris.
Born in Norway, Haug was raised in an environment with a strong emphasis on music, literature, philosophy and looking for existential questions. To feel complete, she enjoys playing the piano and writing poetry.
Through her art she seeks another reality than the one we can see and feel around us. She is looking for something else, a power, a source, a mystery we are a part of. Her way of expression is open which symbolizes life and man under continuous development and change.
My hope and wish are to convey the force and the energy that every human being possesses. I love to paint what is beyond and behind, what we cannot see, but may feel.
The title of the exhibition in Vienna is «CHANGES» – a tribute to life, where she wishes to focus on the greatness of life, and enormous recourses human beings possess.
Man and nature live in connection, in a pattern we take part in. Every second something changes. Night follows day, joy follows sorrow. A cell is aging. In order to be part of this immense and grand eternity which is called «LIFE» we are obliged to handle changes, to see the reality, but also the possibilities.