Karen Starosta-Gilinski (b. 1982, St. Paul, MN) creates a variety of assemblages that are at once humorous and heartfelt. Made of found objects and altered materials—comforting objects such as mirrors and plush toys find equal footing alongside bits of rusted metal and garbage bags. Starosta-Gilinski’s work reminds the viewer of Surrealism’s more playfully sinister moments, while reflecting on the disposability of contemporary material culture. Raised in Caracas, She holds degrees from the Accademia Del Giglio in Florence, Italy, as well as Miami International University of Art & Design. She has had solo exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 6th Street Container, and in the PRIMARY project space. A commissioned sculpture is permanently on display at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. Starosta-Gilinski lives in Miami, where she is represented by PRIMARY.