A self-described "artivator," Karen Light describes herself as an artist + activist + educator. Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Karen earned a BFA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, with a focus on wood and ceramic sculpture. She is currently working on her MA thesis and finishing her current series, Truthseeker, which investigates moments of truth through color, found objects, and writing. Working out of her studio, Studio Light, in Oak Park, Karen intends to create a book out of her visual and written pieces and to exhibit the work.
Karen Light. Truth #4: Sometimes a life has to be torn apart to enable a person to begin living it., Truthseeker Series. 2008. Mixed media, 2' x 2'.
"Twenty-five sculptural paintings are planned for the series and twenty-two are completed thus far. They begin with a 2' x 2' piece of plywood. The surface is urbanized with a variety of materials creating a sculptural background upon which I paint, draw, color, and write. Although the paintings are intimate anecdotes of autobiographical experiences that led me to perceptions I now hold to be true about life, people, and the world, I believe the truths unveiled are felt universally, and I seek to draw obvious attention to this piece of our interconnectedness. Writing has always been a part of my artistic process and, therefore, in this series, each sculptural painting includes prose or poetry that I have composed."
Karen Light. Truth #22: We must decide to harness the power of the words we believe in as a vehicle for connection, not division., Truthseeker Series. 2008. Mixed media, 2' x 2'5".
Influenced by "activist" musical, visual, and literary artists, including Ani DiFranco, Kathe Kollwitz, and Barbara Kingsolver, Karen has been inspired to find meaning in her own life and work and make art that is "meaningful, relatable, and hopefully stirring."
Her recent exhibitions include: Some Assembly Required, Juried Art Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, 2007; The Mind's Eye, Group Exhibition, High Risk Gallery, Chicago, 2007; Juried Alumni Exhibition, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.
For more information on Karen, her art, and classes she offers, please visit: http:www.karenlight.com. Studio Light is a storefront in the Oak Park Arts District where Karen makes art, showcases her work during every 3rd Fridays and festival weekends, and teaches classes.