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Karen Yung

A Houston native, Karen Yung graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2020. She can oftentimes be found either with her head buried in a painting or sketching away her next big idea. Born into a traditional Asian household, Karen focuses on breaking the traditional ideals of the perfect American family in her artwork by presenting comical snippets of her memories and experiences of growing up in a traditional Asian American household and the hidden tensions between parent and children that are often too easily brushed off. Karen attempts to create works that can be easily seen as both humorous and dark, as a way to highlight the real pain and hidden feelings that are present in these moments. Through the use of color and humor, Karen hopes to draw the focus of viewers to themselves, so that they, too, can have a self-reflection of their lives and experiences, starting a conversation from within.

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Work by Karen Yung


April 8 – July 24, 2023 • Kemper Art Museum

February 2–24, 2023 • Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103

October 22 – November 4, 2022 • Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

April 30 – May 15, 2022 • 6640 Delmar Blvd. (Old Craft Alliance Space on the Delmar Loop)