Kari Greenberg, MFA…
grew up with one foot in Minnesota, the other in Canada, jumping on hay bales and picking wild berries. Borders and boundaries, as well as the notion of “home” have been salient motifs during her artistic career. She earned her MFA in Painting at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She completed a BA in Studio Arts and Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, during which time she spent a semester studying Nordic Art History at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. A second generation Scandinavian-American, Greenberg speaks both Swedish and Norwegian with near-fluency.
In her artwork, Greenberg uses acrylic paints with mixed media such as charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, cattle markers, graphite, and collage elements. She prefers the tenderness of paper, closely followed by the rigidity of panel painting, and blushingly admits her adoration for modernist/ formalist aesthetics. Surface texture and line play a significant role in guiding the artist’s process of intuiting the whimsical interplay of shape and pattern. Conceptually, her extensive international travel continues to satiate Greenberg’s lust for liminality in both space and time.