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My high school boyfriend complained that I lived in my own little world, removed from reality. Boy, was he ever right! My world is populated with radical robots, damaged dolls, quirky creatures, and maniacal monsters. They materialize out of the ether and are ushered into this reality with metal, resin, three types of clay, gesso, paint, and a shelf full of glue. They grow into magnets, notecards, figures, and tins.
You’ll find pictures of my work on this website, along with tutorials and advice, free downloads of cool stuff, and even a few things for sale. Click on the “Shop” link above to browse my products. I also have a shop at TrilbyWorks.etsy.com so if you can’t find something here, you might find it on Etsy!
Artist StatementKaren Furst transforms found objects and household recycling items into radical robots, damaged dolls, quirky creatures, and maniacal monsters inspired by fantasy, folk tales, and dreams. Her work in assemblage and mixed media combines metal, hardware, resin, clay, and paint with a healthy dose of imagination and deep exploration into the furthest recesses of her psyche. Body parts are transformed from corks, coffee creamer caps, and popsicle sticks into heads, torsos and legs. Wire, aluminum foil, and wood dowels create an armature. Fabric scraps and orphaned beads adorn the figures along with paint, glitter, and other embellishments.
Where I've Been PublishedI've been lucky to have my work published in a few magazines and books over the past few years.
- Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Issue 48, May/June 2013
- My mini robot was chosen for the "Make Mine Mini" reader challenge.
- Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media, by Tonia Jenny, North Light Books, 2013
- My art dolls, "The Servants of Ord" were chosen to be part of this book.
- Art Doll Quarterly Magazine Spring 2015
- My Sorrowful Sister doll was included in the "Mothers and Daughters" reader challenge.