Karen Tepaz

Hometown Los Angeles, CA
Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY
Education
MFA Sculpture, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT 2013
BFA Ceramics, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Working with metal and ceramics Karen Tepaz creates geometric sculptures which interact with negative space, organic landscapes, and the urban environment. Through the exploration of line weight and color blocking, Tepaz’s minimal work frames the space in which it resides, bringing her surroundings into a new context. Her work educates viewers on human interaction with regimented objects, elucidating how slight interferences within nature and the urban landscape can change the perception and dialogue of a space. Her sculptures mirror the motion of man made objects, suggesting that utilitarian structures decorate and shape our lives just as works of art do.


Tepaz’s work has been shared in a number of exhibitions at galleries such as Sardine in Brooklyn, The Gallery at Atlas in Newburgh, New York, Glenlily Grounds-Outdoor sculpture exhibition in Newburgh, New York, The Re Institute in Milford, New York, Touch Art Gallery in Cambridge, and the Yale School of Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Recently she contributed work to the 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial: Greatest Love of All in New York, an art show which highlights female artists from varied geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. She has been awarded the Art Farm Residency in Marquetta, Nebraska and Susan H. Whedon Award from the Yale University School of Art in New Haven.

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