Studio Cycle/Artists

Karen Roberts

A participant of various dance forms and physical activities throughout her life, Karen developed a fascination with the body and its ability to move in weird and wonderful ways. She paints using acrylic, latex, and aerosol, on paper, canvas, or walls, to portray moments of transitions, being off balance, falling, recovery, strengthening and growth.
Figures, the body, and movement are recurring themes in my art.

Karen’s artwork frequently addresses environmental concerns/issues; reminding us that everything has a purpose, even when it is not clear, what that is. I often find inspiration in ecology, the environment, and site-specific surroundings.  

She chooses to create art that can be seen and appreciated by the public, free and accessible to anyone – bringing beauty to dingy, neglected areas of town. She enjoys working with communities to engage them in the process of change, establishing personal connections and developing a sense of pride in their neighborhood.

Karen has created public art for the City of Toronto, King St. Pilot, streetARToronto, Bell Box Program and private organizations. She has exhibited at Art in the Park, Danforth East Art Fair, Barns Art Market, Artscape, Bata Shoe Museum, Female Eye Film Festival, Contact, Snap, and Dance Ontario. She also shoots and exhibits still photography.

Born in Toronto, she practices in the GTA. Karen graduated from Central Technical 3-year Adult Art, Ryerson Photography and Humber College Audio/Visual Technology Programs.

Artist Inspiration

“Clara and I were brainstorming ideas and themes for the mural.

I was interested in showcasing some positive winter activity, that could continue through a time of social isolation. Ice fishing, the Aurora Borealis and Whales were 3 of the ideas tossed out.

Perfect! These 3 thematic elements could work well together, so we created a playful storyline that incorporates visual interest, movement, and surprise.”

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Clara Wing Chen

Clara Chen (陈嘉雯, she/they) grew up in Regina Saskatchewan Treaty 4 Territory, with family from the Guangdong and Hong Kong regions of China. Clara’s work stems from an interest and exploration of migration, separation, and the ways in which we are intertwined with cyberspace. A member of the CBC Creator Network, Clara is a practising animation filmmaker. 
Clara is currently an Honours Bachelor of Animation student at Sheridan College. She previously studied at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is based in Regina and the Toronto area. 

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