Karen J. Lauseng

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Karen J. Lauseng has been working on whimsical art recently, a change from the elegant jewelry she has made and sold for years. “Of late, my focus has been on the search for beauty,” she said. “I look for the beauty found in common household items, garage-sale finds, recyclables, items found in nature or ordinary materials containing appealing shapes and textures. I strive to permit the energy of the materials to dictate the result. This allows each piece to unfold in a natural, unrestricted way. I am often surprised with what develops during the construction process.” Mosaic art, art dolls, sculpture, books and masks are all part of her current interests. “And then, I always end up back at my jewelry bench with new ideas for jewelry designs and obsess on creating them,” she said. Website: www.kjartworks.net.