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Karen Page



A video shows hands gradually teasing out wool.

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Karen Page is an educator and a fiber artist. A video shows her hands gradually teasing out the wool she uses in creating the felt artworks for which she is known. The room becomes an environment with felted material she has made.


Gestures 2: January 8 – February 28, 2002
About The Artist

Karen Page received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from Kent State University. She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally, including Denmark, Japan, Finland, and Canada. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Karen participated in the Artist-in-Residency program through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She also participated in the 1st International Felt-making Symposium in Denmark and has spent four summers as a "handicrafts" volunteer teaching felt-making to various women's co-ops in Kyrgyzstan, and attending a class with a master felt-maker in Turkey.

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