Karen Yasinsky

Born: 1965

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Lives and Works: Baltimore, MD

Education: MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 1992
New York Studio School, New York, NY, 1990
BA, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1988

Karen Yasinsky Bio

About The Artist

The artist Karen Yasinsky's stop-motion films appeal to her audience's empathy with stories that revolve around desire in its many forms. Using hand-made puppets with painted clay heads and stuffed fabric bodies that she arrays against sparse, simple sets, Yasinsky directs her creations through lonely scenes of everyday life. The puppets move awkwardly with limited range of motion and static facial expressions, and all interactions are devoid of dialogue, creating haunting and surreal narratives that play out largely within the psychic and emotional lives of the characters.

In her film La Nuit (2007), a man conjures the image of his wife as a bride dancing underwater. Inspired by Jean Vigo's lyrical 1935 film L'Atalante, Yasinsky's stop-motion animation is accompanied by an evocative score by musician Winston Rice, a frequent collaborator of the artist's. Her works have been exhibited widely, including at the UCLA Hammer Museum (2002), the Wexner Center for the Arts (2007), SculptureCenter (2007), the Zentrum für Kunstund Medien in Karlsruhe (2003), and MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center (2001). Yasinsky was also the recipient of a 2010 Baker Award.


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