Archive of Author | Karen Margolis


Karen Margolis has an upcoming solo exhibition at Garis and Hahn, Los Angeles in 2018. Most recently her work has been included in the Paper Biennial at the Rijswijk Museum, Netherlands, Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York City, Bridgewater University, Massachusetts, Zurcher Salon in Paris, France, and in collaboration with M Missoni in New York City through Garis and Hahn. Selected group exhibitions include the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Hunterdon Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, K. Imperial Fine Art, Garis and Hahn, McKenzie Fine Art and Josee Bienvenu Gallery. Previous solo exhibitions include Rockland Center for the Arts, Slate Gallery, Dieu Donne and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.

Margolis has been awarded a public art commission in New York City to be installed in 2018. She received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a workspace residency at Dieu Donne Papermill. Margolis’ work is represented in public and private collections and has been featured in international and domestic press, including articles in Womens Wear Daily, ROOMS 16: Superluminal, Inspirational Issue 4 and Interalia Magazine’s September 2015 Issue. Her work has appeared on the cover of an Italian Fashion Publication, Zoomonfashiontrends.

Margolis received a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University and a certificate in Microscopy from the New York Microscopical Society and currently resides in New York City.


Articles with Karen Margolis

Expanding the Circle

The Enso, Japanese for circle, is an inspiration for imagery in the work of Karen Margolis. A sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism, embodying infinity and perfection, she is attracted to this mystical aspect as well as the paradox of imperfection, and she reinterprets the circle in both positive and negative space, in a struggle between destruction and creation, as a shared language connecting body to mind.

Rhythmic ‘States of Mind’

Artist, Karen Margolis, devises architectural renderings of the mind’s operations by plotting dots and burning holes in paper. Having studied cognitive psychology, she has developed a system to translate her inner thoughts and feelings into molecular patterns and rhythms, maps that chronicle the chemistry of her “states of mind”.