ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Award-winning New Mexico sculptor Karen Yank is being honored with a dedication ceremony and reception for her latest outdoor installation, titled “Growing Strength,” as part of the Central New Mexico Community College’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“Growing Strength” is a five-part 20-foot-tall CorTen and stainless-steel structure with aluminum seating sections that offers a truly interactive experience. Yank designed the piece to emblemize the power of education to strengthen the bonds of individuals with their community. Her plan includes elements that showcase the positive relationship between public education and the growth of both public and private life-enhancing institutions.
Yank reaches back to ancient symbols and archetypes for her basic designs, which rely on the juxtaposition between geometric and organic forms. She aims to create a dynamic visual language with which to communicate abstract emotions.
Yank steadfastly eschews illustrative notions in favor of abstraction inspired by the viewer’s emotional response to memories and direct contact with natural forms including flowers, cactus, mountains, jagged cliffs and open meadows.