Guest Editor’s Profile – Karen Wardle

Karen Wardle

(the hamlet of) St Genevieve, Manitoba

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like? please describe.
My home studio space was orginally a bedroom, still carpeted it is stuffed with a little too much furniture.  What wall space I have has shelves with stacks of books and magazines, paintings, sculpture molds, sculpture materials, and sculptures.  I also have cardboard boxes, wooden boxes and clear boxes containing various items I have collected.  Its all very disorganized and cluttered but I know where pretty much everything is

I have a second studio in an old warehouse in the core of the exchange district of Winnipeg.  It’s an open studio I share with 6 other artists and several hundred paintings stacked along the walls.  Hanging from the rafters over my space is a life size aluminum dress-sculpture that I constructed and wore for a video I made several years ago.

Where do you normally get your things?
I normally find objects lying on the ground or I love to rummage around in second hand stores although my favourite store to peruse through is Princess Auto.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
My prize possession is an old handmade wooden tea cozy covered in fabric that used to be used to carry tea on picknicks.  I plan on using it someday for a project, but haven’t figured out what that will be.


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