Karina is a fine artist whose focuses are both figurative sculpture and photography. Karina resides and works in San Francisco. Her childhood years were spent in Riga, Latvia, which is beautiful and historical architectural gem of a city.
As a child Karina was always drawing and dreaming. After emigrating from Latvia to the United States with her family at the age of thirteen, during high school Karina discovered the joys of clay. Hand building was the first step, and art quickly became one of Karina's major's in college. Her second major in Art complimented Karina's curiosity about the world and human dynamics that led her to her first major in Intercultural Studies. Karina's undergraduate art work focused on two topics that each culminated in a show. The first was focused on the natural female form, and consisted of organically inspired semi-abstract sculptures of the female torso. The second, "Homeless Children", featured simple busts of children and was intended to both move the viewer emotionally and to bring attention to the tragedy of child homelessness.
During her graduate work, Karina finally began to study anatomy, figure structure, figure modeling and drawing. Karina's goal is to communicate in realistic figurative sculpture all of the beauty and poignancy of the human form. After many years of study, Karina's dream of sculpting people came true. For her final graduate project, Karina created three figure piece intended as a proposal for a public monument. The piece featured three female figures meant to both be beautiful and to depict several values that Karina feels are very important: kindness, stewardship, and curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge. Karina also created a life size sculpture that was featured upon her graduation at the annual spring show at the Academy of Art University.
Recently Karina began a portrait series, working exclusively from a model and focusing on capturing a person’s likeness as well as specific details that epitomize that particular individual. Karina’s recent portrait – Torrey can be seen at the National Sculpture Society’s 81st annual award exhibition (August 16 – November 2, 2014) and at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Michigan (September 25 – October 12, 2014).
Karina’s goal is to create public monuments that are both impactful, beautiful and accessible to the public. Karina’s approach for designing monuments for public art is to create a holistic experience for the public, to create the sculpture, lighting and landscaping within a fitting architectural composition. Her plant knowledge helps her envision a zone specific installation.
In all of her work, Karina hopes to catch a human moment in time and capture it in clay. Capturing that moment is a labor of love. Classical sculpture creation is an involved process; to produce a finished piece, the sculptor has to figure model the piece in clay, create a mold of the piece for casting, cast the piece into a material such as bronze or resin, and then finish the piece with a patina.
To Karina, the ability of the medium of sculpture to communicate with the viewer epitomizes the very most important and basic principles of the fine arts. Karina hopes to bring joy, hope and beauty to the world with her art work, while doing her part to foster the core humanistic values, and in the process, to enjoy each stage of the sculpture's creation. Karina is dedicated to the preservation of the figurative fine arts. She continues to study the methods and approaches of the Beaux-Arts, Renaissance, Greek, and Roman periods, and plans to continue these studies for the rest of her days.