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Karen Schulz


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"My work is first and foremost a careful consideration of formal design elements. I am drawn to the tension created by the simultaneous holding of opposites. Circles and squares, stasis and movement, light and dark, the flat plane and three dimensional space; each is needed to highlight the other. It is through a disciplined use of design elements that I find joy in creating compositions that take... MORE
Artist Bio
"My work is first and foremost a careful consideration of formal design elements. I am drawn to the tension created by the simultaneous holding of opposites. Circles and squares, stasis and movement, light and dark, the flat plane and three dimensional space; each is needed to highlight the other. It is through a disciplined use of design elements that I find joy in creating compositions that take the breath away, riveting the viewer to a point of perception where time and place fade away, inviting the viewer in and commanding a lingering attention." Photography - Sheila Frampton Cooper The fiber compositions of Karen Schulz have been described as sophisticated, elegant, and lively with a notable attention to detail and craftsmanship. Her work references a unique consideration of line, shape, color and texture where the quilted line and couched line contribute significantly to the overall impact of the work. Schulz’s work has been accepted into many national and international competitions, and has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. She has garnered many awards including most recently Best of Show in Quilt National 2015, Best in Fiber, Creative Crafts Council 2015 Exhibition, Best in Show in Tribute to Fiber 2014. Born, raised and educated in the Northeast US, Schulz has resided in the DC area for the last 38 years. A clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice treating children, families and adults, Schulz recently closed her office to devote herself entirely to art making. While she has used a sewing machine since the age of 9 and created original, one of a kind quilts for the last 35 years, she came to artistic expression later in life and has pursued her art seriously and full time for the last 9 years studying extensively with Nancy Crow and many notable artists in the field. www.karen-schulz.com

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