These Beasts: Karen Lynch *Special 9 Part Space 15 Twenty Feature*

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This is a 9 part series in collaboration with Urban Outfitters' Space 15 Twenty. Our Origami Girls and Wavy Boys show will be up Feb 16-18, and we're doing free workshops from 11-4 on Saturday & Sunday. We will also be running collage features on their blog and social media.

We first found @leafandpetaldesign via instagram where her unique take on landscapes have garnered quite the following. Her keen eye for color and space lead to creations that seem familiar, but upon closer investigation they belie a logic that is impossible in our world. The fantastical realms of her works usually juxtapose people against a space that seems as if it could go on forever, if not in terms of an infinite geography, then by way of an increasingly complex network of folded spaces and textures that unfurl to reveal finer and finer details, all of which are revealed to be even more complex networks of folded spaced and textures. Her work makes keen use of our sense of familiarity as a means to disrupt perception.

1. What's your name?     

Karen Lynch.

2. Where are you from?


3. Where do you live?

By the beach in Adelaide, South Australia.

4. 3 reasons why your life in your city couldn't happen anywhere else?     

Adelaide is home to a huge, supportive arts community which makes it a really positive environment to work in.  As a material driven collage artist , it’s great I’m based where the climate is super dry, not prone to humidity or natural disaster, so there is a limitless supply of pristine, vintage materials in the bookcases and sheds of this city of hoarders.

5. What kind of work do you do?

I would describe my art as colourful, surreal, retrofuturistic landscapes.

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6. What keeps you inspired?    

Great source material.

7. Where do you work?    

I have a studio in my house, with 4 bookcases filled with magazines, boxes on the floor filled with books, and 4 tables– one for cutting, one for scanning and printing, one for my collection of cut materials and the other for laying out projects in progress.  Framed originals and drawings line the walls.

8.) What is 1 challenge that has defined you for at least one chapter of your life? 

Living with the loss of a child.

9.) What are some of your favorite snacks, and do you eat them while you work?    

Coffee.  Food and collage don’t seem to go well together for me as sticky fingers mark vintage paper too easily.


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