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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Earth and Fire M Single Light
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 900
Openings Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 800 - $ 2,400
Jewel From Within Petite Squares
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 600
Stone Guardian Blue Med Plus
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 800
Canyon Walls OBC 2 Panels Horizontal
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 1,400
Offerings: M Prayer Bundles
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 1,060
Offerings: S Prayer Bundles
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 520
Jewels From Within: Circle with Sticks
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 590 - $ 1,450
Earth and Fire: Circle
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 520
Canyon Walls: Rose/Blue 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 450
Canyon Walls: OBO 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 450
Canyon Walls: OBC 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 450
Canyon Walls: Rose/O 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 450
Canyon Walls: Rose M+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 720 - $ 2,800
Canyon Walls: OBC M+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 720 - $ 2,800
Fire Keepers: S and M Quartet
MIxed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 160 - $ 680
Fire Keepers: M
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 190
Fire Keepers: Lovers Trio
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 240 - $ 600
Fire Keepers: L
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 270
Earth and Fire: Sage M Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 1,850
Earth and Fire: Blue Petite Square Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 160 - $ 450
Earth and Fire: Blue S Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 465 - $ 1,410
Earth and Fire: Sage S Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 465 - $ 1,410
Jewels From Within: M Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 475 - $ 1,850
Offerings: Three Healers
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 520
Earth and Fire: Sage S 2
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 465
Canyon Walls: OBO M+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 720 - $ 2,800
Earth and Fire: Torn Metal M Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 475 - $ 1,400
Canyon Walls: Talking Sticks
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 825
Earth and Fire: Sage L Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 1,400 - $ 5,375
Canyon Walls: OBO S+
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 750
Canyon Walls: OCO S+ Triptych
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

$ 2,150
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