Dorothy Simpson Krause' Book of Ruth is a 12 x 12 inch mixed media collage from her "Sacred and Mundane" series. This work incorporates pages from the biblical text "The Book of Ruth" collaged over a salvaged copper background, with additional texture built up on the lower edge, red paint and encaustic to heighten the effect of age. The artist states, "The series, "Sacred and Mundane," began with a group of collages which use the discarded bits and pieces of a woman's life; old letters, journals and photographs, spools of thread, fragments of fabric, a child's blocks, mirrors, boxes. I combined the humblest of materials, plaster, tar and wax, with high technology tools and media to transform these everyday objects into intimate and powerful collage. While they have historical references to architectural fragments, icons, altars and reliquaries, they are clearly contemporary reflections on the lives of women, sacred and mundane." Krause has intentionally given this work a feeling of age and history, as though it were an artifact of a long ago place and time.
Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. She is deeply inspired by history, nature, travel, and innovative art making processes. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums, and is featured in numerous current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and is a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and is a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.
Krause' work has been exhibited across the United States and abroad, including at Art Complex Museum (Duxbury, MA); Jaffe Center for Book Arts (Boca Raton, FL); Landing Gallery (Rockland, ME); Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA); Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston, MA); The New England School of Photography (Boston, MA); and 571 Projects (New York, NY). She has completed numerous public art projects and her work has been acquired by many museums including The Museum of Fine Art Boston, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.