Karen Yank – XO Wall Trio A


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Artwork Description

XO Wall Trio A

Dimensions: 29 x 55 x 1.5″
Year: 2015
Media: galvanized steel

Karen Yank – XO Wall Trio A is an excellent representation of Yank’s overarching concern with the line and circle in her compositions. These geometric motifs frequently make appearances in her work, from countless smaller sculptures to her 40 larger public ones commissioned all over the United States, from New York City, New York to Boulder, Colorado. The line, an element reminiscent of Yank’s late mentor, Agnes Martin, represents the dividing boundary between the earth and the sky; Yank often juxtaposes this with a circle, meant to illustrate the dome of the sky meeting this boundary. In addition, circles are ubiquitous in nature, in the sun, the moon, the cycles of life, etc., and Yank takes inspiration from this. The “XO” shape, on the other hand, began as a part of a series that originated in an exhibition in New York; it was created as a powerful statement of empathy for the people of New York following the 9/11 attacks. She has continued to work with this theme to further embody her hopes for a peaceful and harmonious world.
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.

Lillie Guo