Karen Bondarchuk – 2020 Brinton 101
Karen Bondarchuk, a Canadian visual artist living and working in the United States, employs a broad range of materials and processes in her work. She has exhibited widely in the United States, as well as in Canada, England, France, Italy and India, and has been awarded residencies in Austria, France, Virginia, Vermont and Illinois. Her work has received honors and awards in New York, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois and Maryland and is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Woodson Art Museum and several other public and private collections. She was named the 2016 Master Artist at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. Bondarchuk received her MFA in sculpture from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and her BFA in sculpture and video from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, Canada. She is a professor and foundation coordinator in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.
“Since corvids are scavengers by nature, picking up and caching not just food but objects of interest to them, it only seemed fitting that I accompany images of them with found articles of my own, or conceived objects (as in the case of “Something Afoot”). After all, I have a lifelong habit too of gathering not just conventional collectibles like rocks and shells and driftwood but of somewhat unorthodox items that cross my path: broken toys, crushed bottle caps, interesting bits of rusty metal and plastic.” Karen Bondarchuk