Fiber Artist
Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett

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Artist Statement

My interest in art began with weaving. It satisfied the logical, structured approach I was familiar with after teaching science for 20 years. However, somewhere between admiring the webs of paint in a Pollack and counting threads while preparing a warp for weaving, I found myself more drawn to the unfinished fibers than the cloth.

The wonderful tactile quality of a gossamer silk and fuzzy wool fibers attracted me more than the flat surface of the cloth. I began experimenting with silk fusion and felting, textile techniques using unwoven fibers to create a cloth-like fabric. These two methods are seen in most of my work. 

I also use cast resin elements in my work. The ability to reproduce multiple copies of a sculpture allows me to focus on the symbolic or archetypal aspect of the image and thus, use the images to express a universal concept.

Exhibitions

Solo

Sturgeon Gallery, Denver, CO (2017)

Group

  • aBuzz Gallery, Denver, CO (2016)

  • Thornton Arts and Culture Center (2017)

Gallery Shows

  • Vessel, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA (2014)
  • Mantra, Journey Art Gallery, Canton, OH (2014)
  • Liturgical & Sacred Art, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL (2014 and 2016)
  • Yes, I Will Yes, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO (2014)
  • New Beginnings, First United Methodist Church, Boulder, CO (2015)
  • Black and White, 40 West Art Gallery, Denver, CO (Award of Excellence) (2015)
  • Celebration of Mo’ Print, Student Art League, Denver, CO (2016)
  • Colfax, 40 West Gallery, Denver, CO (Award of Excellence) (2016)
  • Blue Marble, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA (2016)
  • Fiber Innovations II, Parker Arts, Cultural and Events Center, Parker, CO (2016)
  • Abstracting the West, Wyoming Territory Prison Museum, Laramie, WY (2016)
  • Online Gallery, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, Denver, CO (2017)