Paulus Berensohn (Self)Karen Karnes (Self)Mikail Zakin (Self)
Lucy Massie Phenix
Karen Karnes, master clay artist, is one of the pioneers of the 20th century craft movement. She has lived her life day by day, over more than 80 years, devoted to an exploration of beauty and light and mystery through form. This intimate study of her work and life takes the viewer deep into the creative process, into the evolution of a single sculptural piece and a body of work over a lifetime. The artist's pacing and grounding in nature reminds one's own body of its essential connection to natural rhythms, inspiring one viewer to remark : "it changes you as you're watching it." The film is an essential experience for artists of all kinds, for teachers of art and anyone with an interest in art, aesthetics, the origins of the American Avant-Garde, and our uniquely human drive to capture beauty and mystery in material form - as a process, and as a subject of contemplation.