Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, raised in Venezuela, and currently living and working in Miami, Karen Starosta-Gilinski is a contemporary artist that takes provocative textured objects and alters them; she starts to break them apart or cut open a plush toy and put it together with another object until it becomes visually satisfying and strong enough to express the unique look of a character or situation. The results are whimsical, humorous, and at times unsettling works of art. For Cloud 9_she will show pieces from her _Cotton Candy Sculpture Series (2009-2010) as well as her Large-Scale Sculpture Series (2011-2012). This series of standing and hanging sculptures seem cute and innocent at first, but actually involves psychology and explores personality traits ranging from tender and sweet to menacing and complicated.
Karen Starosta-Gilinski obtained a BFA and graduated Cum Laude from The Miami International University of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia and is included in important private collections in the US, South America, and Europe. Her work has appeared in various publications, including T_he Miami Herald_, Brickell Reporter, El Nuevo Herald, and The New Times, among others.