June 2016: Karen Kroner

Karen Croner creates mixed media animal sculptures. Her current work is inspired by old folk tales and fables. Each piece is her interpretation of forces and emotions that drive those stories: mystery and menace, loyalty and betrayal, mischief and humor. Karen’s one-of-a-kind sculptures begin with a wire armature and papier-mâché. She uses paper clay, fabric, plaster, and acrylic paints to create unique textures and features. As Karen puts it, “The tension between these humble materials and my ultimate vision for each piece -- that’s what motivates me to explore and innovate. Trying new things, pushing and refining what I’ve learned over many years keeps me passionate about the work.”