“Karen Garrett (American, b.1966) is regarded as one of the most prominent American sculptors of her generation. She first gained critical recognition for her work in the 1980s; Garrett is well known for her intense, almost spiritual, outdoor and indoor site-specific works in which she marries a Modernist sense of pure materiality with a fascination for the manipulation of surreal forms and the perception of space. Garrett, who was born in Oklahoma and moved to Houston in the 1980s to study sculpture at the famed Lawndale School where she earned a Masters in sculpture. She first worked on surreal and organic sculptures using fundamental materials such as cardboard, steel, fiberglass, bronze and wood. Her sculptures extend formal minimalistic precepts through catching the viewer’s attention with natural colors, sensuously refined surfaces, and optical effects of depth and dimension.