Artist Statement: Karrie Ross “What is your energy telling the World?”

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“What is your energy telling the world?”

The focus of my work explores the concepts and twisting perception of inclusion/exclusion and the magic of the in-between, the what-ifs and cause change at the cellular level. Using metaphors, my art questions the metaphysical aspects of being human, asking “Are you ready to collaborate with nature?”

“Are you listening?”

I know this is a journey. At 70yrs old I’ve experienced many such cellular level moments. I hope you have too. There is nothing like that aha shattering of one being present in the moment of profound change. I know my art plants seeds for ones seeking the journey.



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January-June 2020: A collaboration with nature.
I use a variety of mediums; wire, collage, acrylic, oil, pen&ink, watercolors. The artwork grows from a fascination with being human, the asking/ answering of questions about self in an intuitive manner, bringing attention to the value of how one’s energy affects living in this world… a collaboration-with-nature. My 2D, 3D artwork explores metaphors to connect memories, pushing buttons to recount moments when feelings of being human occur so to twist perception and cause change on a cellular level. Meeting the unknown through interaction is encouraged with the possibility of an unlikely conversation to vibrate internally a remembering of something experienced before. Causing to question, “What is your energy telling the world?

“Ross’ art work is about the pursuit of answerable questions. She lives for them, and frames a life through the use of questions, rules and parameters.”  ~Robert S., reviewer

The motion of art actually creates its own physics.
Visual Art in motion touches more people with a greater impact.


2019: What is your energy telling the world?
A collaboration with nature: I direct my interests to seeking the answers for what it is like to “be human”. I observe and listen to how people interact.  How they address their personal internal and community external interactions that create a story or unseen dialogue. My mixed-media art is constructed from the info I gather into physical form,  applying juxtapositions intended to twist perception and make changes on a cellular level. Encourage question that change the thinking process and perspectives.

Focused on narratives of being human is…exploring observations, acceptance and actions.

“Ross’ art work is about the pursuit of answerable questions. She lives for them, and frames a life through the use of questions, rules and parameters.”  ~Robert S., reviewer


2018: Art is an exploration of self and the world around me. “Being human is… ” the questions that sit in the front of my mind. Being a Southern Californian spending most of my time outside at the beach, in the water and on the sand or in the mountains or desert—taking in the stillness of it all through participation and observation. Being in the flow and the balance created.

My art is a personal experience built on a fascination for process…the action of me while I’m creating the art and the effect it has on me. For me its liken to a chance to stand one with the water being still…in the flow.


2017: I continue the questions for how exposure to higher vibrations, deep thinking, and taking actions are able to twist perception and create the ability to make conscious choices affecting personal growth. Art is a powerful influencer. Art that encourages choice creates a kinetic pull in such a way that it takes the action of ‘walking away’ from it to realize something changed and a safe place using space/time experiences now exists. My work presents the experience of the “letting go” in the abstract paintings, paired with introspection of 3D figurative installations — together offering choices and reflection of ‘what is’ and ‘what’s next’—as a rock is to a stream, intentionally balancing conflict—allowing a sense of magic, inherent beauty.

Based in Los Angeles I am a visual artist/painter, who offers choices, and a sense of ‘safe’ through paintings, and interactive installations. Ross’ being makes a difference. My art lives. I am a survivor.


I make art that is the opposite of perfection yet is perfect as it is made. If you must have everything in its place at the right time it might not be for you. My work is loose, free, suggestive, spontaneous like making love. Its message intended to stir the subconscious, forming emotions into questions creating a lively chatter of memories and smiles…and its ok to laugh if you want to.
~Karrie Ross


2015: The nature of my work involves the observation that we are constantly changing as human beings and are affected by the “things” we bring into our lives. With that in mind, there is one aspect of living I have been fascinated with for the past several decades which involves the observation and process of “connecting to, enhancing, and recreating the universal vibration,” it’s connection to me as my source of personal energy and the how I share that with the world. I have studied energy balancing, feng shui, and NLP/hypnosis, all to assist me in the sharing of what I learned, which I apply and include into the process of producing installations, my paintings, books and art-projects.

Two things I ponder, question and pose to you.
“What is YOUR energy telling the world?”
“Be sure to develop a pattern of creating conscious play. There is FUN to be found in everything we do…”

In the end, I am about the seeing of oneself and the knowing of ones personal energy. My work is my on going creative exploration.


2014: essay from the question “What are you saving from extinction?”

“I play. There is fun to be found in everything you do. Develop a pattern of creating play that will stay with you always.”

I loved to hang out with my dad in the garage while he was working, welding, building. He’d give me a can of rusted screws, nuts, bolts and nails, a small wire brush and some turpentine…and tell me to “…take the rust off so they could be used again.” I was only 7 years old so I had no idea they would not. But hey, I got to “help” my dad, and time just slipped away as he told me stories while “we” worked. This time became play.

When I wasn’t derusting hardware, I was rummaging though my dads SciFi book collection, some dating back to the 1914’s. Full editions of Amazing or Astounding and many others all stuffed in barrels, which back in the 1950’s was how belongings were sometimes packed for shipping. Many of the books were already being displayed on the narrow shelves that lined the garage positioned between the studs. Each shelf “just” the right height for a specific set. My job became organizing the books by series and height. I loved looking at the cover illustrations and reading the strange headlines. Again, this was play.

Soon, the days were filled with play, even my daily chores! As my sister and I did the dishes we studied with flash cards, each displaying a 10 digit number. The dryer would hold the card for the washer to memorize and then recite what they remembered. To this day numbers stay with me, the action of remembering them is play.

Without realizing it, play had become a part of my life through the action of doing something other than making mud pies, following ants, or braiding weed crowns. Play was that magical time where the wonders-of-another-world were presented to me in a very easy-to-absorb way with stories attached to the action I was doing. I was taught to play games like chess, and cribbage, that encouraged critical thinking…all play.

A pattern of play was introduced to me when I was very young. I bring this sense of play into my artwork with the expectation that those who see it will join in the playfulness.

If you can create an energy, a perspective of play, in what you do, you will never be bored, always find the joy of life, and be eager to share the “it” you find with others you meet. My son likes to play.


Video of process from 2013 beginning of the Metaphorical series.