My artistic practice has centred on nature and its integration in social, political and material culture. Nature and in particular its constituent parts: leaves, branches, roots, stems, and fruits, are represented and understood in my works in their natural, biological, historical, culinary and scientific roles. The differentiated bodies of works address specific aspects of nature arrived at through research into place and history. The pieces 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 Langara 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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