Chronic Fatigue

Earthenware, underglaze, clay paint, wood crate

29¼” × 11” × 23½”


Karen Russo

I have chosen clay as my medium for its malleability and transformative nature. I sculpt women from different eras and origins, exploring feelings of strength, compassion and contemplation. I work with paradoxical themes - youth and aging, joy and grief, instability and equilibrium – embodied in the maternal archetype.

I hand-build each sculpture from coil, slabs, or from a solid mass of clay. Patterns and textures are carved and painted onto the surface. The color palette is specific to places steeped in nature. Each sculpture may have layers of underglazes, clay paint, casein and wax.

"By making this work, I hope to express an eternal optimism for the human spirit in this beautiful, delicate and chaotic world."


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