Karen LaMonte

Meet the maestro

Throughout her career, Karen LaMonte has explored representations of the human body, and the way clothing shapes and reflects cultural norms and perceptions. More recently, she has broadened her focus to examine other kinds of bodies, while continuing to base her work on a rigorous process of research, contemplation and technical development.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors in 1990, LaMonte was awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, then worked at UrbanGlass. Receiving a Fullbright Scholarship to create large-scale cast glass in Prague, she moved to the Czech Republic in 1999, where she works and lives today. She completed her first major work, Vestige, during her Fullbright year.

In 2006, LaMonte received a seven-month fellowship to work in Japan, where she studied the ways clothing directs Japanese social discourse and acts as language. Focusing her study on Kimonos, and their role in Geisha and Kabuki culture, LaMonte created a body of work entitled Floating World, comprising a series of Kimono sculptures in bronze, glass, ceramic, and rusted iron.

LaMonte’s most recent body of work is titled Nocturnes, a series that explores the ways we perceive and characterize ‘night-time’ as a society—and as human beings. Named for Chopin and John Fields’ Nocturne compositions, these works express twilight and deep night through female forms—which LaMonte refers to as “female figurations of night.”

Gerald Peters Projects’ exhibition, Embodied Beauty, will include works from the Nocturnes series, as well as works from Floating World. The gallery will host a formal Opening May 24th, and the exhibition will run through August 17th. The exhibition will then travel to Gerald Peters Gallery New York, and will be on view from October 28th through December 20, 2019.