About this piece:
Curiosity about the expressive properties of materials and the psychological associations that they carry is my primary motivation as an artist. My selection and manipulation of materials is influenced by my background in biology and my ongoing interest in the metaphoric potential of biological forms and systems. I am drawn to handmade paper, and pulp made from overbeaten abaca and flax in particular, for the organic, corporeal effect that it brings to my sculpture and artist books. This material has an inherent tension resulting from its propensity to shrink as it dries. Its translucent, membrane-like quality is simultaneously beautiful and grotesque – a compelling paradox that inspired the experiments leading up to this work.
paper, sand, carborundum
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.