Kara Young

"My work is about witnessing how the passing of time affects the appearance of surfaces in the world around us. I see nature in all Her beauty, and I express this artistically in contemporary ways."

Kara Young, who has worked as a fiber mixed-media artist since the beginning of her career, is inspired by visits to ancient ruins, colorful rock canyons, and searching for petroglyphs and aged, cracked walls and doors in beautiful old cities such as San Miguel de Allende. Her work is seen as ancient, but also contemporary, fitting well into many different environmental settings.

Young's wall pieces are made with 85% thickly cast Abaca handmade paper. Integrated into the compositions are other materials and found objects. Crackled joint compound is used to age the surfaces, which are further enhanced with copper leaf, fired copper pieces, and acrylic paint. And now, many of the pieces are also infused with encaustic.

She majored in sculpture at Ohio State University, 1969-73, and has worked in weaving, art clothing design, and papermaking for the past twenty-one years. In 1986-87 she apprenticed with mixed-media artist Leo Hobaica. Above all, her study of art has come through witnessing Nature, seeing how She orders Herself and how She curves to the elements. This education is continuous and never ending.

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Canyon Walls Panels Horizontal II
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Canyon Walls Panels Horizontal
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Jewels from Within: Seven Piece Set
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 2,580
$ 2,193
Offerings: M Prayer Bundles
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,060
$ 901
Offerings: S Prayer Bundles
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 520
$ 442
Canyon Walls: Rose/O 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 450
$ 382.50
Canyon Walls: OOO 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 5,250
$ 4,462.50
Jewels From Within: Circle
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 500
$ 425
Jewels From Within: Circle with Sticks
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 590 - $ 1,450
$ 501.50 - $ 1,232.50
Canyon Walls: Rose/Blue 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 450
$ 382.50
Canyon Walls: OBO 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 450
$ 382.50
Canyon Walls: OBC 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 450
$ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Circle
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 520
$ 442
Jewels from Within: Three Piece Set
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 2,340
$ 1,989
Canyon Walls: Rose M+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 720 - $ 2,800
$ 612 - $ 2,380
Canyon Walls: OBC M+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 720 - $ 2,800
$ 612 - $ 2,380
Fire Keepers: L
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

by Kara Young
$ 270
$ 229.50
Fire Keepers: S and M Quartet
MIxed-Media Wall Sculpture

by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 680
$ 136 - $ 578
Earth and Fire: Sage M Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
Fire Keepers: Lovers Trio
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

by Kara Young
$ 240 - $ 600
$ 204 - $ 510
Fire Keepers: M
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

by Kara Young
$ 190
$ 161.50
Earth and Fire: Silver Petite Square Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 450
$ 136 - $ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Sage Petite Square Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 450
$ 136 - $ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Blue Petite Square Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 450
$ 136 - $ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Sage S Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 465 - $ 1,350
$ 395.25 - $ 1,147.50
Earth and Fire: Blue S Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 465 - $ 1,350
$ 395.25 - $ 1,147.50
Jewels From Within: M Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 475 - $ 1,850
$ 403.75 - $ 1,572.50
Offerings: Three Healers
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 520
$ 442
Offerings: Guardian Spirit Protectors 3
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 520
$ 442
Offerings: Guardian Spirit Protectors 2
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,040
$ 884
Offerings: Guardian Spirit Protectors 1
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,040
$ 884
Canyon Walls: OBO M+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 720 - $ 2,800
$ 612 - $ 2,380
Canyon Walls: OBO S+
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 750
$ 637.50
Canyon Walls: Rose S+
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 750
$ 637.50
Earth and Fire: Sage L Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 1,400 - $ 5,375
$ 1,190 - $ 4,568.75
Earth and Fire: Torn Metal M Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 475 - $ 1,400
$ 403.75 - $ 1,190
Canyon Walls: Talking Sticks
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 825
$ 701.25
Canyon Walls: OCO S+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

by Kara Young
$ 2,150
$ 1,827.50
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
ACC Show, Maryland, Baltimore, 1994 - 2006
ACC Show, CA, San Francisco, 1990-2008
Sausalito Art Festival, CA, Sausalito, 1995-1999 & 2008
Art Resource Gallery, Annual Show, MN, Minneapolis, 2001
Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, TX, Dallas, 2000
Collections
Takeda Biotech, San Francisco, CA, 2008
Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, San Francisco , CA, 1994-2001
Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, Dallas, TX, 2000
Childrens Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2004
Crown Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC, 2000