Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Karen A Margolis
New York City NY US
Updated: 2017-01-19 02:19:15

STATEMENT OF WORK

Enso, the Japanese word for circle, is my inspiration for imagery. It is a sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism, embodying infinity and perfection. I am very attracted to this mystical aspect as well as its paradox of imperfection; and use the circle, reinterpreted in both positive and negative space, as shared language connecting body to mind and spirit. In a struggle over demolition and development, my art making involves two distinctly opposing procedures: burning holes in material and constructing discrete components into compositions.

My work articulates relationships between structures in the cosmos and molecular components within our brains.  Exploring intersections between abstract and literal, within exterior as well as inner worlds, I try to find connections between substance and immateriality, between the infinite, or metaphysical and internal boundaries.  Merging oppositions through layering and reductions, the intent of these compositions is to convey concrete presence of what can't be seen and conversely to dematerialize matter.

 




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