Creature Comforts ­­­­­by Karen Carlo Salinger


Suspended animation, medical curiosities, scientific illustrations and biological specimens. Improbable creatures in impossible situations. These are some of the ideas that I incorporate into my drawings, sculpture, and other artwork. I call them my creatures, because that is what they are – unknown organisms that take shape in my mind, the roots of which come from a lifelong interest in strange biology, microscopic life, the human body, and basically anything else ooey, gooey, creepy, strange or unusual.

Karen Carlo Salinger lives and works in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Silicon Valley. She earned her BFA in 1997 from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Since graduation her art has been focused on painting, intricate pen and ink drawings, and sculpture with unusual materials, such as urethane, plastics, and mixed-media. Her artwork is a blending of strange biology and the subconscious, with very peculiar organic forms which take on a life of their own, and create their own narrative through their unusual situations and actions. Improbable creatures in impossible situations, they are creatures that are both interesting and disturbing, and alive with anxious energy.

Artist’s Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012 7pm–11pm
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

Exhibition dates: November 2–30, 2012

88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
San Jose, CA 95112
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, noon -7pm, free admission

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