Karen Starosta-Gilinski
American, born 1982

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. Starosta-Gilinski lives and works in Miami.