Karen Kar Yen Law

About the Artist

Karen Kar Yen Law (she/her) is a first generation Cantonese Chinese-Canadian who lives and practices in Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario. Law is a recent graduate from Queen’s University with a BFA (Honours) and BEd. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Andre Bieler Prize for achievement of the highest performance in studio work. Law’s practice utilizes printmaking and painting to create two-dimensional abstract works. Law’s work has been exhibited throughout Katarokwi (Kingston), Ontario including the Union Gallery, the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, and the 12 Cat Arts Collective.

Medium: Painting and printmaking

Artist Statement

I use the technical knowledge of painting and printmaking to experiment and emphasize a personal process that hybridizes the two mediums. Through the language of multiples, gradients, layering, masking, and mark-making, I reproduce cultural iconography to imagine and explore my relationship to the Chinese diaspora and to Canadian culture. I use my practice to design a lexicon which describes experiences of multiculturalism, assimilation, and polite racism in Canada. The product of my artistic practice is artwork, delightful in colour and presented to be palatable, to invite even the most unsuspecting viewer into a discourse on racialized experiences in Canada.

Education

2020: BEd, Queen’s University, Kingston ON

2019: BFA, Queen’s University, Kingston ON

Awards

2020: Launchpad Bursary, Toronto Artscape Foundation, Toronto, ON

2019: Andre Bieler Prize, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

2018: Margaret Craig Scholarship in Fine Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

 

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2019: Graduating Thesis Exhibition, Ontario Hall, Kingston, ON

2019: Unassimilable, Union Gallery, Kingston, ON

 

Group exhibition

2020: Quarantine Qapsule, Myseum, Toronto, ON (en ligne)

2019: Hybrid Laser Relief Prints, The Art & Media Lab at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston, ON

2018: Haptic/Optic, Union Gallery, Kingston, ON

2018: The Hive, Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston, ON

2018: Overdue, 12 Cat Arts Collective, Kingston, ON

Artworks

152.4 x 182.9 x 6.3 cm

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91.4 x 121.9 x 6.3 cm

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152.4 x 182.9 x 6.3 cm

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182.9 x 152.4 x 6.3 cm

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61 x 121.9 x 3.8 cm

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152.4 x 213.4 x 6.3 cm

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152.4 x 182.9 x 6.3 cm

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