Y. Karin is an accomplished sculptor who makes figurative forms
and images that express a wide range of human emotions as well as
sculptures that are motivated by the Holocaust. She was born in
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, and by the age of 15, had experienced
the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. After the war she
studied fashion design for three years, earning a degree in the
process. A long career in the fashion industry as a designer and
production patternmaker followed. After her retirement, she started
to work in clay, ultimately studying at the Park La Brea Art Center
under Sandy Moss.
and realism are the hallmarks of Gabriella Karin's sensitive, small
sculptures as the viewer is drawn into layers of meaning, nuance
and emotion. Given the experiences of her childhood, some of Karin's
work is tragic, illustrating an emotional response to the horrors
of that time, by showing pain and suffering through the individuals
in her group sculptures. Rather than depicting a sense of anger
Karin's work exudes hope that her story can help prevent unjust
persecution and cruelty in the world.
less topical works are flowing, erotic, playful, mystical and charming.
Many pieces convey a sense of strength, pride and elusiveness, as
her subjects show love, sadness and delight. She is particularly
effective in showing the loving feelings between mother, child,
or man and woman. By creating cheerful, coy, relaxed images of children
at play, Karin recaptures a childhood once stolen by the Nazis.
of her sculpture subject matter, the viewer is moved emotionally.
Her creativity explodes in her abstract expression and is an inspiration
for all who have the opportunity to view her work.