Karen Koziol

Assemblage, collage & encaustic

Karen Koziol assembles objects to convey an idea, illustrate a story or define a moment much like a writer uses words.  She usually works within specific themes searching for parallels, metaphors and contradictions.  “It’s always amusing and challenging for me to create visual truths - things that we all know to be true or real, taken with a grain of salt or a spoonful of sugar,” she says.  Koziol tends to be drawn toward subjects that are nostalgic, so the use of objects from the past seem to be appropriate.

“Art was always in my life,” she said about her beginnings as an artist.  She majored in art in high school, and was encouraged by an art teacher whom she felt really understood her.  “I attended college but never finished,” she said.  She simply decided, “I don’t want to learn to make art.  I just want to make art.”

An interesting mention of Karen's work below, from Naton Leslie's book , That Might Be Useful: Exploring America’s Secondhand Culture

“Her eyes took on a sheen when I mentioned my interest in junk, and what followed was a spirited dissertation on its joys and qualities.  Karen’s art consisted of three-dimensional collages or assemblages, junk in communication with other junk.  Entire pieces looked like a hybrid of knickknack shelf, Cornell box,  Rube Goldberg contraption, and the random pattern of castoffs you might find inhabiting the corner of an attic.  Most of the pieces had a lost quality, as though something was missing or misplaced, and we were looking at only part of the whole.  Together the found objects created a narrative, micro-stories about something forlorn or forgotten.” -

Never a simple Machine
Lack of Judgement
Goody Two Shoes




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