Work Samples



Karen Lofgren




SYSTEMSYSTEMSYSTEM: Me In a Group Feeling Safe, 2015, leather, hardware, paint.


SYSTEMSYSTEMSYSTEM: Living With Ambiguity, 2015, leather, hardware, paint.

The multiple works in the series SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM are based on an antiquated psychological theory, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The chart text is borrowed from design, religion, and psychology businesses to create “metaheirarchies” which evidently make no sense together. Because we know that objects placed together appear to belong together, we are connecting the concepts presented to weave a new story with dark undertones. The spider web form is used to confound the original pyramid chart forms, meanwhile comprising a new larger luxury object. The materials are leather and metal, including leather from many different animals, to show an element of ritual sacrifice in relation to everyday life under capitalism.




Grave Goods: Choker, 2015, Copper and copper leaf, cement, hair, stones, copper plated cast bronze. 24 in. x 16 in. x 42 in.



Grave Goods: Vessel of Fear, Vessel of Desire, 2015, Cement, epoxy, cast stainless steel; 36 in x 24 in. x 16 in.




Grave Goods, installation view with Statuette Encasement Object (center); Psychic Ability Test (right); Choker (left). Statuette Encasement Object: 1,000 year old Egyptian Ushtabi for Hor statuette encased in cement housing, automotive paint, cement plinth. 12 x 12 in. object. Psychic Ability Test: Cement, watercolor painting of psychic ability test symbols, copper plated cast bronze.

Grave Goods is a series of sculptures based on the types of objects traditionally interred with bodies in historical burials to guide spirits into the afterlife, including vessels, beads, jewelry, and status-related presentation objects.




Ritual Landscape: Envy the Ocean!, 2015. Black sand, wood, hardware, artificial eyes. Dimensions variable.




Ritual Landscape: Celestial Pigsty, 2015. Brass tubing, hardware. Dimensions variable.

Ritual Landscape was an exhibition focused around two large-scale installation works that bring together the necessary balance of the sacred and the profane to address both the celestial and base longing for the sublime in “embodied spaces”.




Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050, 2014. Bronze casting near project burial site, and initial sketch.



Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050, 2014. Cast bronze sculpture shrouded, with pigments and grave goods in pit for burial. (shells, beads, goat horns, beer).



Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050, 2014. Initial “imaginary” site drawing, left, with final burial cairn over bronze sculpture and grave goods.

Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050 was an installation and publication research project completed in 2014 in Pioneertown, CA, presented by High Desert Test Sites as a solo project. A collaborative publication included writing by Ben Eherenreich and was designed by Henri Lucas, with contributions from ancient language scholar Jacob Hobson. A large bronze sculpture was produced of the constellations Orion, Canis Major, and Lepus, mythologically linked together but also disappearing slowly from our northern night sky. The project looked at the legibility of cultural objects and languages over time, referring here more to astronomical and geological time than to the timeline of human history. Over many thousands of years, axis wobble causes the stars to shift, misaligning monuments and charting our position.