Karen Margolis

 

The Enso, Japanese for circle, is my inspiration for imagery.  It is a sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism, embodying infinity and perfection.  I am very attracted to this mystical aspect as well as its paradox of imperfection; and use the circle, reinterpreted in both positive and negative space, as shared language connecting body to mind.  In a struggle over demolition and development, my art making involves two distinctly opposing procedures:  burning holes in material and constructing discrete components into compositions.  Within these margins I explore internal mechanisms as well as damage and mending through intimate expressions of how we are touched by circumstances of life.