Dimensions: 61 x 61 x 1.6″
Media: steel and stainless steel
Karen Yank – Align is an excellent example of Yank’s frequent inclusion of three basic, geometric elements: the circle, the line, and the cross. The circle is inspired from nature and representative of the enormous number of circular elements found in nature, including but not limited to the dome of the sky, the sun, the moon, and the cycle of life. It is often juxtaposed with the line, which both represents the boundary between the earth and the sky and pays homage to Yank’s late mentor, Agnes Martin. The two interconnected shapes are consistently seen interacting in Yank’s sculptures, representative of both the relationship between her and her teacher and the connection between the earth and the sky. Yank also brings the cross into this piece, which portrays the concepts of intersection, union, and marking a specific point in space or time. The cross is prominently featured in Yank’s “XO” series, where she pays her respects for the people of New York following the 9/11 attacks.
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 with her mentor Agnes Martin at New Mexico State University’s new museum in 2020.