Karen Yurkovich is a Canadian artist working between Vancouver and Florence, Italy. Her practice looks at nature and its presence in culture and society. Themes such as native and immigrant plants, bonsai, still life genre painting of the 16th century, GMOs, the use of plants in medicine and culinary practices, issues of biodiversity, and the symbolic role of plants within different cultures are explored in her multi-media works. These themes are approached through a play of both visual and textual narratives.
She was the inaugural Director of the MFA in Studio Art at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, defining the program and teaching from 2013-16 and she continues to teach at Emily Carr University and LaSalle College in Vancouver.
Yurkovich’s work can be found in both private and public collections including the Bill Gates Foundation, Unicredit Bank, Italy, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Cy and Lissa Wagner Collection, Texas.
SouthMain Gallery Vancouver
Studio D’Arte Raffaelli Trento, Italy
Linda Hodges Gallery Seattle
Bugera Matheson Gallery Edmonton
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