Karen Yank – Providence


SKU: 24157

Artwork Description


Dimensions: 23 x 21.5 x 3″
Year: 2018
Media: steel

Karen Yank – Providence is a classic example of Yank’s ability to employ simple geometric shapes such as the line and the circle to create a greater, more elegant composition. Providence intersects a large solid circle with its more delicate outline; meanwhile, prominent vertical lines asymmetrically divide the piece.
Yank’s usage of the circle is representative of the enormous number of circular elements of nature, such as the sun, the moon, and the cycle of life. It is juxtaposed with vertical lines that pay homage to Yank’s late mentor Agnes Martin while simultaneously representing the horizon line. The interaction between the circle and the lines portrays the union of the earth and the sky as well as the relationship between student and teacher.
Yank is often inspired by the picturesque landscapes of New Mexico, and describes her work as representing not only the nature itself, but rather the emotional impact that one feels when immersed in nature.
Yank primarily works in mixed metals to create her mesmerizing sculptures, citing their strength and durability.
Many of Yank’s award-winning works are featured in museums and galleries throughout the United States. This, along with the large number of public works she has produced, primarily throughout the Southwest, undoubtedly makes her the most established sculptor in the state of New Mexico.
Yank’s work will be featured in an exhibition called “Karen Yank and Agnes Martin: Student and Mentor” at Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the summer of 2018.
Lillie Guo