Karin Birch

Untitled (2014), hand embroidery and beadwork on painted linen, found fabric, 26 x 28in

Karin Birch has been using hand embroidery and hand stitched beadwork combined with acrylic paint as a medium for art making for more than twenty years. The act of hand stitching thread and beads is a slow and repetitive process that affords a space for uninterrupted thought. The act of painting is spontaneous, in the moment, physical movement. Combining these two opposite states gives form to endless exploration in to the mystery of being. “I work intuitively, mining personal experiences, energy, movement, nature and the occasional external interruptions of politics. I use this medium of minutiae as a practice for connecting with the vastness.”
-Karin Birch

Select Group Exhibitions: Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Arts &Design NYC 2007,MAP@25, Baltimore MD 2006,International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006; Seeds: Works by Karin Birch and Gail Gorlitzz, MPA, Mclean Va 2005; Fiber- A New World View, National Gallery of the Craft Council of Ireland, Kilkenny Irland, 2005; The Evocative Surface, 4 person show, Glenview Mansion, Rockville MD; Art in Embassies Program of the US Department of State, American Embassy in Sir Lanka 2004; Embassies Program of the US Department of State, American Embassy in Ghana, 2003; Stitched Paintings; Embroidery in the 21st Century, DCCA, Wilmington DE, 2002; Embassies Program of the US Department of State, American Embassy in Bruni, 2002; Beadwork International, The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH (2000); Beadwork in America 2000, Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, NA (2000); Fiberarts International, Pittsburgh, PA (1999); Beaded Dreams, Future Visions, The Goldstein Gallery, St. Paul, MN (1998); Corcoran Alumni Hemicycle Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1997); Fiberarts International, Pittsburgh, PA (1997); Seed Dreams, Beaded Visions, Goldstein Gallery, St. Paul, MN (1996) Collections: Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Art,Permanent Collection of the United States Embassy in Tashkent Uzbekistan

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