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 explore ultimately what it means to be human. My love of the hand drawn line is evident in my work as we move closer to it’s disappearance from the everyday lexicon.
While the major impetus for my work grows out of the formalist tradition, I recognize there can be no form without content, no content without form. Typically for me content seems to arise out of form.
Photography - Sheila Frampton Cooper (Website)
“Art is not about exclusive experiences. Art is not about something the artist knows; it is about something we all know. It recapitulates life. We all share a creative goal with art. The goal is difficult; it is an invitation to change the world. We can expect that our strength will be spent, used up in a difficult struggle . . . But the “difficult” has never been a reason for not trying. And perhaps in the end the only unforgivable sin is the refusal to try.” - Brother Thomas Bezanson as cited in Creation Out of Clay the Ceramic Art and Writings of Brother Thomas, edited and compiled by Rosemary Williams, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.
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, First Place in Quilts=Art=Quilts 2015, and Best in Fiber, Creative Crafts Council 2015 Exhibition.
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 10 years studying extensively with Nancy Crow and many notable artists in the field.
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