Karen Yank – Small Silhouette II
Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 6″ / 24 x 16 x 6″ sculpture
Medium: galvanized and stainless steel
Karen Yank – Small Silhouette II is an excellent example of the geometric themes presented in the majority of Yank’s works. The shape of this piece calls the circle to mind, both in its physical shape and the cutouts on either side. Yank often uses this shape to illustrate the dome of the sky meeting the horizon line separating the earth and the sky. In addition, circles are ubiquitous in nature, such as with the sun, the moon, the cycles of life, etc., and Yank takes inspiration from this. The line that asymmetrically divides the piece also makes its way through several of her pieces as well, paying 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 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.