Karen Campbell – Puzzle

Karen Campbell – Puzzle

Opening Reception: April 15, 7pm – 9pm

Karen Campbell – Puzzle

Over various periods of time including recuperation from intense medical procedures I played

Bananagrams® a tile word game where players build anagrams from 144 tiles of letters. In general the game is quick, propelled by short verbal commands, is played in silence, has no scoring system and allows me to develop my own strategies.

Along with passing time was a need to wed activity with materials to answer the question “how do I make this art?” During my initial games I noticed the near-enclosed and enclosed spaces, the overall layouts and shape of the anagram and started recording the games by drawing them.

Many iterations have been explored and I have accumulated collection of grid drawings and tracings with and without words. The results are a record of words and the tracings a maze-like peculiar map speaking of enclosures … of trappings, being trapped, contained … of going nowhere with nowhere to go. This project explores the psychological space of alone-ness, isolation, the on-going and the quotidian while providing visual delight and engagement. The repetition reveals the possibility of configurations and outcomes.

These drawings date from 2017 and 2018.

Karen Campbell is a visual artist in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her work has been presented locally in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada. After graduating from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, where she focused on painting and ceramic arts, Karen Campbell received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She also completed diplomas in Architectural Technologies and Sign Painting and has taught a variety of visual art classes and workshops at both the community and university level in Saskatoon, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge and Dawson City, Yukon.

Date:April 15th, 2023  -  June 3rd, 2023

Location:Casa - Project Space

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