Here it is! A sneak preview of my Karen Hsiao : Rubber Duck book!! Bob my publisher of Baby Tattoo books, was kind enough to let me borrow the only advance copy he had for me to photograph. Sadly I must return it to him tomorrow evening. Nevertheless, I got to see it first hand and shoot a couple of quick shots for my blog. The white cover on the left is the limited edition copy, only 250 will ever be made and the black cover on the right is the open edition. The books will be sold through my website www.karenhsiao.com and www.babytatoo.com, my online store will (I hope) be up and running beginning of July next month. There will be tons of prints, books, limited editions items and more. There will also be a book release party July 17, 2010 at the Copro Gallery in the Bergamot Station, in Santa Monica. I will post more details soon.
14 pieces for the show, 11 done and 3 more to finish. I've signed and varnished most of my pieces while still waiting for others to dry. I must say, I honestly dislike varnishing my work. There is a wax-like, flat quality that I like once the oil dries and looses once it's been treated. I wish I had more time to experiment with more ways of treating my pieces, but unfortunately I have to ship everything out by the end of this week. I've also been sitting in my studio too long and sniffing too much toxic flumes... better step away for a bit, before diving back in.
Graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA, Karen Hsiao is a self taught Fine Art photographer whom uses intense subject matters in an unconventional way.
Primarily a figurative painter in her early years, Hsiao has since explored the figure and its space through various mediums, creating pieces that are both tactile and intuitive. Photography was a natural extension of that process which Hsiao has sought to perfect. Her work has captured the attention of many, having been shown in galleries both nationwide and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles.