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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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Jewels from Within: Seve...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 2,580
$ 2,193
Offerings: S Prayer Bund...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 520
$ 442
Offerings: M Prayer Bund...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 1,060
$ 901
Jewels From Within: Circ...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 500
$ 425
Jewels Form Within: Circ...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 590 - $ 1,350
$ 501.50 - $ 1,147.50
Jewels from Within: Thre...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 2,180
$ 1,853
Earth and Fire: Circle
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 490
$ 416.50
Canyon Walls: OBO 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 550
$ 467.50
Canyon Walls: Rose/Blue ...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 550
$ 467.50
Canyon Walls: Rose/O 12x...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 550
$ 467.50
Canyon Walls: OOO 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 550
$ 467.50
Canyon Walls: OBC 12x12
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 550
$ 467.50
Canyon Walls: OBC M+ Tri...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 720 - $ 2,800
$ 612 - $ 2,380
Canyon Walls: Rose M+ Tr...
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: Lovers Tri...
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Kara Young
$ 240 - $ 600
$ 204 - $ 510
Earth and Fire: Sage M T...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
Fire Keepers: M
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Kara Young
$ 190
$ 161.50
Fire Keepers: S and M Qu...
MIxed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 680
$ 136 - $ 578
Earth and Fire: Blue Pet...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 450
$ 136 - $ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Sage Pet...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 450
$ 136 - $ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Silver P...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 160 - $ 450
$ 136 - $ 382.50
Earth and Fire: Sage S T...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 465 - $ 1,350
$ 395.25 - $ 1,147.50
Earth and Fire: Blue S T...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 465 - $ 1,350
$ 395.25 - $ 1,147.50
Jewels from Within: M Re...
Fiber Wall Art
by Kara Young
$ 920
$ 782
Jewels From Within: M Tr...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 475 - $ 1,850
$ 403.75 - $ 1,572.50
Offerings: Guardian Spir...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 520
$ 442
Offerings: Guardian Spir...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 1,040
$ 884
Offerings: Three Healers
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 515
$ 437.75
Offerings: Guardian Spir...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 1,040
$ 884
Earth and Fire: Sage L T...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 1,400 - $ 5,375
$ 1,190 - $ 4,568.75
Canyon Walls: Talking St...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 825
$ 701.25
Canyon Walls: Rose S+
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 750
$ 637.50
Canyon Walls: OBO S+
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 750
$ 637.50
Earth and Fire: Torn Met...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 475 - $ 1,400
$ 403.75 - $ 1,190
Canyon Walls: OBO M+ Tri...
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
by Kara Young
$ 720 - $ 2,800
$ 612 - $ 2,380
Canyon Walls: OCO S+ Tri...
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