karen lederer

I am so happy to introduce you to Karen Lederer.  I know Karen through my dear friend Lissy.  They went to college together, visited me when I lived in Switzerland, traveled through Italy.  Karen is one of the most creative people I have ever met.  I used to look forward to the Halloween costumes she created in college which ranged from ice cream cones to dinosaurs. I love her personal style and most recently I am obsessed with her paintings and amazing knit scarves. I love how they seamlessly play into one another, with bright color and pattern. Karen is constantly growing and creating and her inspiration and view is so unique. Here is her artist’s statement:

“My work is an investigation of color and pattern in everyday life. I
arrive to abstraction through the process of observation. A blanket
becomes a mountainous form, knitted patterns morph into floating
shapes, and a ball of tape turns into an expressive tangle of color. I
transfer photographs onto paper, and then overlay a painted pattern
derived from forms found within the image. The paint either defines
areas of the image or deletes them. The photographs, not perfectly
transferred onto the surface, also reveal areas of erasure. This
process of addition and deletion offers a record of history and loss,
of the new and old.”

“Most recently I employ images from knitting as the jumping off point
for my work. Growing up my mother always had knitting needles in her
hands, moving the yarn as she spoke. At RISD I connected with machine
knitting and formed a new understanding of the technique and my
mother’s influence on my art. In my conversation with the knitting
machine, patterns applied in my paintings are then translated into
knitted versions. Likewise, patterns from the knitting work travel
into the paintings. Each time the pattern moves into a new medium, it
transforms. Through this game of telephone between art and craft, the
two become so intertwined that separations between fields become
irrelevant. I made a blanket inspired by the colors and patterns of my
first four paintings. Photographs of this blanket then became the
starting off points for new pieces. The work self-pollinates; each
piece references another in a continuous cycle.”

Go to Karen’s website to see more of her work.  Oh, and I had to include Karen, Lissy and Ben in their dino suits:


  1. lissy

    this post makes me so happy!

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