My artistic practice has centred on nature and its integration and role in our social, political and material culture. Nature and particularly its constituent parts: leaves, branches, roots, stems and fruits, are represented and understood in my works through their natural, biological, historical, culinary and scientific roles. I undertake differentiated bodies of works which look at specific aspects of nature, doing significant research into place and history. The works evolve as constructions of narratives intertwining both fiction and factual information. Themes include 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.
Karen Yurkovich 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.
Her 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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