Karen was living in Canada's Yukon when she encountered the ancient resist method of batik. She fell in love with everything about it, and ever since has been coupling the traditional process with constant exploration of the possibilities of wax and dye. She plans her pieces with expressive line work, and as each layer of molten wax and fabric dye is incorporated, the results become more unexpected. Karen approaches her art making with joy and care. She attempts with her work to capture the essence; the commonality of a specific moment; while focusing on the extraordinary worth of this planet and those who live upon it. After thirteen years of experimentation with the technique; Karen is as curious and invigorated by it as the day she started.
Karen currently lives in Whitecourt, Alberta. Her home studio practice includes art and piano lessons. She is a proud member of the Society of Whitecourt Art Council, the Whitecourt Potters' Guild, Whitecourt's Music Teachers' Association, and The Alberta Craft Council. She will be exhibiting her body of work titled "Ordinary" in the Discovery Gallery at the Alberta Craft Council In October of 2017.
Karen is excited to be a part of the 22nd annual Whyte Avenue Art Walk, and will be displaying and creating pieces in her gazebo at McIntyre Park along 83rd Avenue. www.karenrhebergen.net instagram Karen Rhebergen