Karen Woodward

Karen WoodwardKaren Woodward is a mixed media artist specializing in the creation of glass sculpture. Karen lives and works in Austin, TX, where she maintains a private studio at Canopy Austin. Karen received her BA in Art History from the University of Texas and her MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. Prior to moving to Austin, Karen was faculty at Craft Alliance Education Center in St. Louis, MO, where she was chair of the Glass Department. Karen has been a studio art instructor for over 10 years and has taught all levels glass sculpture to both children and adults. She has served as an instructor for several studio art courses including foundry casting for bronze, centrifugal casting for jewelry, as well as 2 and 3D Design.Karen Woodward
Karen has exhibited her work in numerous venues both nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in several publications including the Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review, the Urban Glass Art Quarterly, LAMMAGA Magazine of the Kobe Lampwork Museum, and Glasss4 Book of Lampworkers. In addition to gallery exhibitions and art fairs, Karen also received a public art grant to create a neon and glass installation for the City of St. Louis, which was part of an urban revitalization project on the Delmar Loop in University City. This work was also featured in the Urban Glass Art Quarterly. When Karen is not in the studio or participating in art related activities, she enjoys spending time with her family and an assortment of feathered friends.
Karen WoodwardMy work is a colorful exploration of the absurdities of life and self. Each piece is either displayed as an individual work or is exhibited within a narrative group. At the individual level, these sculptures can be examined in terms of personality, expression, and infinite detail. While some sculptures appear comical and ridiculous, others appear more introspective. Optical properties of transparent glass aid in the magnification of encased elements. The notion of memory, thought, and mental clutter are important aspects of this work. When my work is displayed in a narrative group or installation it takes on new meaning as pieces relate to one another. Sculptural elements float through space and time, loosely associating with one another to create new works.

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