Karen Kunc’s idiosyncratic language of biomorphic abstraction inevitably refers to the natural world, our precious resources, and the evolutionary forces that shape our environment. Kunc’s prints are reduction woodcuts, printed in stages and layers. Her artwork is both intensely colorful and gestural, as contrasting elements and quasi-science principles are graphically symbolized. She has sought to generate a poetic tracking of observation and science through images and information that submerge, emerge, and tantalize. She makes conceptually urgent statements that are relevant and poignant in meaning, as a response to the threat and benevolence of Nature. These ideas contrast our own ephemeral materiality and the matter of the physical world.
Karen Kunc’s artwork is held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and other corporate and private collections.