Karen Reimer visited College of DuPage on Sept. 12 to discuss her current work, entitled “Golden” as well as past projects.
This project includes forty 20 ft. long wood crossbars and yellow string to follow the golden mean, or golden ratio theory. According to Reimer, it represents the break down of ideals in the face of materiality.
In addition to her own meaning, the golden mean is based on an infinite mathematical equation that conveys the impossibility of reaching perfection. The first work she talked about was a romance novel that she put her own twist on.
“I took a novel we’re all familiar with and put it into a different form,” said Reimer as she alphabetized all the words in the novel to because “(I was) interested in how the phenomenon of love is represented culturally.”
The next collection she discussed was called “Contingent Solutions” which were a collection of odds and ends.
“Mended things, mostly dishes,” said Reimer describing the display with her working definition of contingent, which was to mean, fixed with whatever is around.
The exhibit is “It’s about making do,” she said. “(It’s) an early example of trying to do something impossible which shows up in my work a lot.”
The following collection contained book pages and other everyday objects that she embroidered to “add value to it to make it original.” She is fascinated with the idea of a copy and an original and said that by embroidering something, that object becomes an original. One of the pieces was an embroidered receipt because she likes to take something that’s trash, put a lot of work into it and it becomes valuable.
Her collection called “Boundary Troubles” includes multiple pieces of fabric sewn together and one of the patterns is partially embroidered onto the other. She said it’s a metaphor for any kind of difference being introduced.
Another work of hers includes a room which she covered walls and ceilings with while fabric like “giant canvases.” This is called “Conflict in Identity.”
*Published in the College of DuPage Courier, 2012.