About Karen Reid
Web Site: www.KarenReidSculpture.com
My life and work are inspired by the rich culture and natural environment of Pennsylvania. I choose to reflect on this with a concentrated effort, using forms found in nature, personal observations and experiences, articulating my visual voice through the medium of glass. Simple and unpretentious natural elements seem to hold the most potential to engender fresh discoveries within my work. A branch, whose surface has been patterned by insect activity, a broken pottery shard unearthed while gardening or the determined journey of a caterpillar on my porch, can easily become my muse. I continue to search for their significance and merit.
There is much to be said for the wonder in witnessing the process of kiln-formed glass, its solid form positioned into a mold, transforming into a fluid, filling into fingerprints, folds and fissures. In the depths of the heated kiln, the work takes on a life of its own outside the grasp of my intervention. Once removed and free from its shell of plaster and silica, I am astonished to greet its arrival. For me, it is that cyclical process, so ingrained in the natural environment, with which I find endless inspiration for my work.