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Karen Schifano

Karen Schifano is an abstract painter whose work previously skirted narrative subject matter. However, in these difficult times, she has felt an urgent need to make paintings that relate more obviously to underlying issues in politics and public life. Her work is reductive and simple: black and white, or “flesh” color, bringing the idea of race to the forefront. Eye holes, ghost eyes, and the KKK are references, and the paintings can read as masks, heads, bullet holes, all circling around feelings of fear, hiding, deception and threat.