karen darricades

artist statement

Connecting with objects and space through touch is central to my work. I create soft sculptures from re-purposed garments and recycled fabrics. My personifications of the animal world explore the dynamics of power, human costuming and the politics of social organizing.

My practice is informed by a curiosity about the nature of things and a fascination with hand-made and hand-modified products and materials.

I work with repurposed garments and materials in order to borrow and build on the meaning they carry and the stories they hold. I am interested in how power works, value-systems are nurtured, innovation is born and ideas are shared.