Karen Miranda Abel is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Abel’s durational field studies and site-sensitive elemental installations approach artistic practice as environment and process. Light and spatial relationships are tools and collaborators in a research-intensive “slow art” practice in which she ultimately realizes her works as conceptual gardens cultivated in time and place. Her atmospheric installations drawn from natural phenomena are gestures as part of an overarching phenomenological contemplation of deep time, geology, ecology and biodiversity. Central to her practice are experiential research methods and reciprocal community immersion conducted with ethical consideration and sensitivity in response to fragile ecologies, vulnerable species, and cultural sense of place. Currently working within a conceptual and material triad: water, mineral and fire (light), Abel approaches these three artistic principles through an integral and considered materiality, carefully selecting components for her works consisting of these same fundamental elements.
Abel holds an interdisciplinary Master in Environmental Studies from York University in Environmental Art Practice, Cultural Production and Fine Art. Past works include public art gardens and community-engaged ecological art projects with the Ontario Science Centre and Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario. She has received artist residences in Nova Scotia and internationally in Australia, Chile, Spain and the USA. Awarded the 2017-2018 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre World Heritage Artist in Residence, Abel produced her first international solo exhibition, Karen Miranda Abel: Liminal Refugia, at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Australia, in 2018.
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