Crit Group Crew: Karen & Vadis

Mentor: Karen Seapker

Location: Nashville, TN, USA – CT

Mother to two young children


IG: @karenseapkerstudio

Mentorship Style: “I am interested in creating a community that can feel safe, open and encouraging. I hope that our very formation helps to hold us all accountable to staying committed to our practice and that the sharing of our work and our lives together contributes to communal learning and sensitivity to our individual interests and identities. I look forward to learning about and from each of the artists included!”

Bio: Karen Seapker’s paintings have been featured at museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally. She uses a dynamic, gestural style and vibrant palette to create paintings and works on paper depicting abstracted imagery that allude to the power of human relationships, our connections to nature, and the passage of time. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY and her work has been exhibited in shows at James Cohan Gallery in NYC and Shanghai, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, California College of the Arts, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Reviews of her work have been in publications including Burnaway, Hyperallergic, and ArtForum. She lives and works in Nashville, TN.

The Sower (2020), oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

“I come to my paintings to ask questions such as what it means to be interdependent, to be out of control, to be mortal. Making paintings allows me to linger in these curiosities and the work answers back, marking time and engaging me in conversation. Sometimes the paintings exist as sources of relief, sometimes they lead to new curiosities. The paintings have allowed me to build a language that speaks back to my curiosities, which continues to inspire me to find new ways to communicate my ideas within the painted form.”

Visiting Artist: Vadis Turner

Website & IG: @vadisturner

Bio: Vadis Turner’s first museum exhibition, Tempest, was at the Frist Art Museum in 2017. Her forthcoming exhibition will be at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2022. Turner’s work in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, 21C Museum Hotel, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and Hunter Museum of American Art. Her work has been shown at numerous museums and institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, ICA Portland, Andy Warhol Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art and Cheekwood Museum. In 2016, Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. Residencies include Yaddo, Museum of Arts & Design, Hambidge Center and a Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. She is represented by Geary in New York and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN.

Installation image from Cups and Grids, Geary NYC 2020 (bedsheets, fire blanket, sticks and ribbon)