Karen Reiss was born in Winnipeg and graduated from Queen's University, Kingston Ont., with a B.A. in psychology. She worked in the field of addiction research, treatment and administration in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.
She has studied art at the University of British Columbia, the Emily Carr School of Art and Design, and the Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts, as well as in workshops with Salt Spring artists Kathy Venter and Denys James.
Since moving to Salt Spring Island over thirty years ago, Karen has worked in a variety of media – fabric, acrylic on canvas, papier-mache – before finding her home in clay. "For me, " she says, "clay represents the 'ground of being.' It contains the earth's entire history from the beginning of time. It gives me a way of showing the interconnectedness of all life." She uses paper clay, nails, and metal to explore issues of identity, belonging, and personal and collective history. Her work has appeared in solo and group shows in Ontario, British Columbia and Washington State and is held in private collections in Canada, the United States and Germany. She is represented on Salt Spring Island by Gallery 8.
where to see or read more
shows: http://www.artgallery8.com/art/karen-reiss/ her work is available locally on Salt Spring
web: http://www.saltspringpottersguild.com/karen_reiss potters guild website
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HniNzPQhQOc watch Karen work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ls8cX4K1uY interview with Jill Louise Campbell
contact the artist
or through Gallery 8 in Ganges
"Each of my sculptures begins with an idea, a feeling, maybe a story that I want to express. Images start to form in my mind, and I start to see how they can fit together — what kind of infrastructure is needed and how the weight will be held.