Karen Azarnia

Full Circle

Exhibition Dates:

October 1 - November 26, 2019

Artist's Reception:

Wednesday, October 16th


Remarks at 2

This reception and artist's talk is in conjunction with two other exhibitions by Amanda Greive and Patty Carroll. Please join us for this informal setting welcoming visiting art classes.

Free and open to the public.



It is better to live in a state of impermanence than one of finality. -Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Full Circle explores the passage of time through the lens of memory, home, and natural life cycles. The paintings pull from personal memories and experiences, depicting moments of family and friends at various stages in the life cycle. With an emphasis on intimacy and vulnerability, they are a means to convey our shared humanity.

With a range of fluid, painterly mark, two large paintings The Way the Light Passes Through and Late Afternoon Light mine the complexities of memory and home. Thinking on Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, they consider my past childhood home in relationship to my current home, where I am now raising a family. The temporality of light, which I link to memory, plays a crucial role in these works.

Four large hanging works, made specifically in response to the Visual Arts Gallery, suggest the passing of the seasons. Measuring twelve feet high, they are an extension of my works on canvas through process and a sense of material touch. The Sky Between the Leaves is hung parallel to a large window in the gallery, opening up dialogue between the piece and the exterior landscape, as the season turns from summer to late fall during the run of the exhibition.

In addition, several works on paper from the series Can We Speak in Flowers suggest the ephemeral, as does the intimately scaled painting Gently (early autumn flowers). The single- channel video Full Circle was taken during a late summer walk in the woods. The spinning is interrupted only by a young boy heard in the background.

-Karen Azarnia