Shibui, definition -
The balance of simplicity and complexity to ensure that one does not tire of the object but constantly finds new meanings and enriched beauty that cause its aesthetic value to grow over time.
Karen is interested in a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional environment, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of attention.
In her work she explores distilling the energy of a specific place, experience, or relationship down to its minimalist essence. She does this by using the language of geometry and architecture and focusing on the point where the work is in a state of becoming and contains action, as if movement were frozen in time.
Karen was the recipient of the 2012 Bullseye Glass EMERGE Best Newcomer and Academic awards. She completed her MFA in Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 and exhibited with Bullseye Gallery at SOFA Chicago 2013.
PRESS AND EXHIBITIONS
"Pivot" July -Dec 2019, Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg FL
"Lost Documents" July 29th - Oct 23rd, 2015 Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and City of Shoreline
"Accreted Terrain" Oct 4th, 2014 MoNA: http://www.monamuseum.org/exhibition/accreted-terrane
"Director's Choice Award" April 2014, Pratt Fine Arts Center Annual Auction
"BEMIS Spring Art Show 2014": http://seattleartloft.com/bemis-spring-art-show-next-weekend/
SOFA Chicago 2013 - "Graduated Glass": http://cargocollective.com/michaelendonews/SOFA-Chicago-2013
Bullseye Gallery at SOFA 2013: http://www.bullseyegallery.com/News-Detail.cfm?NewsID=335
The Glass Prize 2014: http://www.theglassprize.co.uk/karen-mahardy-p-872.html
Vetri Gallery: http://www.vetriglass.com/category/80973769641/1/Karen-Mahardy.htm
Karen Mahardy at Vetri Gallery: http://dianesfusedglass.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/day-6-seattle-tacoma/
Bullseye Gallery: http://www.bullseyegallery.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=441
Glass Art Society Online Exhibition: http://issuu.com/glassartsociety/docs/int_l_student_exhibit_catalogue_fin
"Emerge/Evolve" Bullseye Gallery, Emeryville, April 2013: http://www.bullseyeglass.com/art/emerge-evolve.html
Greenwood Artist Wins two International Awards: http://www.phinneywood.com/tag/karen-mahardy/
The Visual Artworker - "The Story Unfolds": http://thevisualartworker.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-story-unfolds.html
"Folding Space" - 1975 Gallery April 2013 - http://vimeo.com/64457863
Published Thesis - http://scholarworks.rit.edu/theses/1415/
"RIT Grads Visit Northlands Creative Glass": http://www.ritglass.org/
"RIT Glass Grads Invited to Haystack Collaborative": http://www.ritglass.org/
Graduate Spotlights - Karen Mahardy and Meng Du: http://www.ritglass.org/
The New Mexico Museum of Art Celebrates American Studio Glass: http://www.newmexico.org/glass-exhibits/
A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln Glass: http://www.arttoartpalettejournal.com/2012/12/nm-santa-fe-7/
Bullseye Glass Announces EMERGE 2012 Finalists: http://www.urbanglass.org/glass/detail/bullseye-glass-announces-emerge-2012-finalists
EMERGE 2012 Winners Announced: http://www.bullseyeglass.com/news/emerge-2012-prize-winners-announced.html
"New Uses for Recycled Glass": http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/new-uses-for-recycled-glass/d/story/EHtnSSUgL0aTOv77yPjfMw
Eight Weeks Later - The Penland Sketchbook: http://penland.org/blog/2010/05/eight-weeks-later/#sthash.20pi6gt5.dpbs