"Accretion is an exploratory body of work detailing fragments of recollected moments. My curiosities lie in how banal objects and materials become evocative, eliciting one memory and not another. Beauty lies in the tension between chaos and the pause of reflection. Repetition is a consistent trait of cognitive processing, harvesting, collecting and amassing individual elements and information to alter culled and fragmented memories. Through the investigation, my attention is drawn to the continuously expanding and changing accumulation of objects, occupying both physical and psychological spaces. The connection to the body, cognitive learning challenges, motherhood, domestic expectations, and familial influences, and the past as ontological phenomenon are all themes in my work. My actions are merely a catalyst, as the transformed elements happen over time, emphasizing inconsistencies where I question what is real and what is imagined." - Karen White

Karen White is currently based in Portland, OR while pursuing a MFA in Sculpture at the Oregon College of Arts & Craft (OCAC). Highlighting her personal histories, White literally deconstructs and reconstructs her world. She is a storyteller, harvesting fragmented details of the past and then manipulating and stitching them together, to weave the whole of her identity. By handling and manipulating individual elements over and over, White reinforces cognitive processing styles to better understand the memories that make up her identity. 

The opening reception for Accretion will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, February 9th from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through February 23, 2018 and is free and open to the public.


For inquiries about installation commissions, please contact info@stephaniechefas.com.

all photos courtesy of Mario Gallucci