"Karen LaMonte started using clothing as a metaphor for identity and exploring the human in absentia in her early sculptures of blown glass puppets and marionettes shortly after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990.
As a young artist working and living in New York, she participated in many gallery and museum exhibitions. An excellent example of her early investigations is Bottle Clothesline (1995) that was part of the traveling museum exhibition ¡Cálido! Contemporary Warm Glass that toured from 1997 through 1998. The Tucson Museum of Art later acquisition it for their permanent collection.
She continued probing the disparity between our natural skin and our social skin, clothing which we use to obscure and conceal, to protect the individual and project a persona. It is a ‘vestmentary envelope’ which renders us as social beings.
She received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1999 to make her work in the Czech Republic.
The inquiry into beauty as seen through a different cultural lens lead to a body of work called Floating World. Inspired by the lexicon of the kimono, the sculptures in rusted metal, bronze, ceramic and cast glass and have been extensively acquired by museums for their permanent collections.
She continues to live and work in the Czech Republic."