Karen Peters is a sculptor and printmaker working in Minneapolis, MN. Is a member of Ironhead Sculptural Services that brings foundry arts to the public. Exploring color through printmaking—creating multiple series of relief prints, that have been exhibited regionally and nationally.
Process is deeply rooted in my practice. Process builds form, it provides a beginning and an end. My current sculpture pairs cast iron with bright wool elements to complete an idea. The work starts with a knit pattern, that is traditionally viewed as soft, comforting and flexible. Then the pattern is cast in iron and becomes rigid, inflexible and heavy. Once the cast piece has been cleaned and finished, the wool component of the sculpture is created, using knit or wet felting techniques. This creates sculptures with sharp contrast in color and texture.
Sharp contrast that is intended to challenge the roles implied by process, materials and history. In this recent body of work, the soft object will support the rigid sculpture — challenging the ideas of strong and supportive.
The prints I'm currently creating use a reduction process. The linoleum block is carved away to expose the color printed previously, building layers. Once this is done you can’t go back — you can only move forward and work with the colors you have chosen. The content of the prints are color and shape, used to form thoughts and ideas that are abstract in daily life. In the prints I meticulously place lines, circles and other shapes to organize these observations. The colors and size of the prints define these feelings or expressions.