About this piece:
Germinate grew out of a contemplation on metaphors for storytelling and communication. Inspired by the notion of a story unfurling as a new sprout, of an author’s ideas being disseminated as seeds that take root in the minds of readers, I sought to create a literal, physical translation of this imagery. The organic qualities of handmade paper make it an ideal material to embody these natural processes.
About the artist:
Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, sculpture, and installation. Her artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Karen received an MFA in book arts & printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and currently teaches book arts at Western Carolina University.