Karen Mahardy earned her MFA in Glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. She has also studied at the Pratt Fine Arts Center and the Penland School of Crafts. Mahardy received both the Academic Award and the Newcomer Award for Emerge 2012, Bullseye's biennial juried exhibition.
In my work I explore the essence and energy of a specific place, experience, or relationship by focusing on the point where the work is in a state of becoming, as if movement were frozen in time. I attempt to capture, in the simplest manner, the energy of a long rolling wave as it crashes on the beach, the feeling of land jutting out into the sea, or the expanse of the open ocean as it breaks land.
- Karen Mahardy