Karen Sikie creates a clean, light body of work that delights the eye. Enjoy, and visit her website for more from this talented artist.
I am a self-taught artist, born and raised in Los Angeles. I am currently working in two mediums, collage and Lucite. For me exploring materials is one source of inspiration. Each material has its own language. I have decided to share with you my body of work on Lucite.
The clarity of Lucite attracted me because it invites layering and light to be a part of the work. I engrave, mark, collage and paint both sides of the Lucite. The finished panel is mounted with space between the work and the wall. This enhances the dimensional layers that cast shadows and play with the light.
In addition to materials, the natural world is also my muse, not just for its unbounded visual beauty of forms, colors, patterns and textures but also for the unseen principles it shares, for example, balance, reciprocity and flow to name a few. These ideas are the foundation of my work.
I am always creating work in my studio which I have learned is a discipline. I have studio hours that are flexible but that I do adhere to. The creative process for me means time. I need time to explore the materials, to flesh out an idea and to make mistakes, which really aren’t mistakes but lessons. Creating work is the foundation of my business.
Yes, I have a business! Realizing this changed my intentions and helped me clarify who I am as an artist.
Learning about business pushed me out of my comfort zone. I realized I couldn’t learn the business side of things alone, so I reached out to other artists and have created a network of support. This is has been invaluable to me and helped me to define my goals more clearly.
My intention is twofold, the first intention being to creating multiple income streams from my work. Currently I have reproductions in Bed Bath and Beyond and I am also learning and creating collections for licensing designs for home decor products.
My second intention is to share my lessons and the principals of the natural world to others through my work.
Whether it is exploring a new materials or learning an aspect of the art business, my life as an artist has propelled me to become a more aware woman.