Portfolio > Extinction and Nonexistence

Struck
(Campephilus imperialis, extinct 1956)
Watercolor on paper
14 X 18
2013
Wake Island Rail, extinct birds, watercolor
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
21" X 63"
2014
$900
passenger pigeon, extinct, sleeping pigeon, pigeon, watercolor
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
16" X 20"
2014
passenger pigeon, birds extinct, painting watercolor
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
3 panels of 24" x 36"
2013
$3000
Huia Birds, extinct birds, extinct, painting, watercolor , birds
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
2 panels at 12" x 30"
2014
Lady Jane and Incas, Close again
(Conuropsis carolinensis, extinct 1918)
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
20 X 16 in
2012
ivory-billed woodpecker, rime of the ancient mariner
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
46 X 36 inches
2013
kristina knowski unicorn hawaiian o-o bird
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
58" X 22"
2011
simon unicorn kristina knowski
Watercolor on paper adhered to board
75" X 60"
2011
kristina knowski unicorn bush wren
Watercolor on paper adhered to board
77" X 47"
2011
kristina knowski unicorn ryukyu kingfisher shadow
Watercolor on paper adhered to board
72" X 84"
2012
Apeiron Overwhelming
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
54 X 72"
2012
Lost and Found
(Campephilus principalis, extinct 1951)
Watecolor on paper adhered to canvas
72 X 96"
2012

Using watercolor on paper, I present the viewer with depictions of non-existent creatures interacting in a non-specific world. The environment of this realm is intentionally loose and ambiguous, challenging the viewer’s perception of reality by contrasting representation with abstraction. The large scale of my work deepens the level of solemnity and solitude. I utilize the horizons or verticals of my paper seams to further suggest a physical and conceptual separation of dualities regarding perceptions of existence.

My primary motif in this domain is the imaginary unicorn, which although rendered as a solid surface, is often ghosted behind drips of watercolor. Historically, I have always been fascinated by the origin of the unicorn and its symbolism in various cultures. Although not physically present, this enduring creature still resides in our reality. In my paintings, the unicorn interacts with other species whose nonexistence is a result of extinction. I enjoy using observation, anatomical references, and specimens to study these species with an acute attention to detail. It is in this interaction between distinct types of nonexistence where my narratives take place.

As an artist, I hope to bring a remembrance and sense of dignity to these extinct species. By creating an unreal world for these creatures to inhabit, I hope to provoke feelings of emptiness within the viewer. In this metaphysical realm, I urge the viewer to examine the nature of reality and touch on the ultimate fear of our own nonexistence.