Karen Malcolm is mixed-media artist inspired by history, storytelling and whimsy -- and by her seaside New England roots. She creates found object assemblages, shadow boxes and small works on canvas. Each of her items is one of a kind and made from 80% or more up-cycled, recycled or reused objects. She also restores worn, discarded and vintage boxes into functional art.
Karen told us about her process: "I sand, repair, rebuild when needed and then hand paint, collage and/or embellish my works with found objects including vintage buttons, letterpress block letters, pie tins, advertising rulers and other found objects. I grew up around art and antiques. My father was a "picker" -- he searched out antiques and sold them for a living. I search out old objects and incorporate them into new works of art."
Karen believes in managing her impact on our environment, and so "using existing materials to create just makes sense to me," she told us.
We think Karen's philosophy makes perfect sense--and you will too when you see the rest of her collection at the Holiday Fleas on December 7th & 14th!