Each of my sculptures begins with an idea, a feeling, maybe a story that I want to express. Images start to form in my mind, and I start to see how they can fit together — what kind of infrastructure is needed and how the weight will be held.
As I start the piece I bring all this with me, while still holding the original inspiration. As the piece progresses, it becomes the boss, telling me what it will and won't do. The non-linear process of creating becomes all-important. There is no straight line to follow from the beginning to a finished sculpture.
Karen Reiss is represented by Gallery 8.