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 are gestures as part of an overarching non-anthropocentric contemplation of natural phenomena and geologic time. Central to her practice are experiential and reciprocal research methods conducted with ethical sensitivity towards fragile ecologies and cultural understandings of place. Currently working within a conceptual and material triad: water, mineral and fire (light), Abel experiences these artistic principles through an integral and considered materiality, carefully selecting components for her works using only these three fundamental elements.
Abel holds an interdisciplinary Master in Environmental Studies from York University in Environmental Art Practice, Cultural Production and Fine Art. Early works include public art gardens and community-engaged ecological art projects with the Ontario Science Centre and Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario. A trained naturalist and environmentalist, she has acquired over a decade of professional experience in natural heritage conservation and native plant ecology. Abel’s work has been featured in Canadian Art, CBC News, Now Magazine, Toronto Star and exhibited internationally. She has received artist residences in Nova Scotia (Canada), Australia, Chile, Spain and the USA. Awarded the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre World Heritage Artist in Residence, Abel realized her first international solo exhibition, Karen Miranda Abel: Liminal Refugia, at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Australia, in 2018.
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