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Karen Willenbrink Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen
Throughout history, owls have symbolized widely varying ideas and experiences to people around the world. Few creatures have held such a constant yet shifting position in human mythology, being at times revered, and at times feared and despised. While they are alternately associated with vision and perspective. They are watchers - and we see ourselves reflected in their wide, knowing eyes.

Karen and Jasen are also watchers. They have taken the time to observe - to really see - every feather, talon and branch presented in their work, and invite us to do the same. While glass is increasingly being employed as a sculptural medium, the level of realism found in Karen and Jasen's work is unprecedented. Combining unmatched technical mastery with a profound love for their medium, nature, and each other, these artists are using sculpted glass to explore entirely new territory.

(excerpted from "Owls" catalog, the 2007 show at William Traver Gallery)
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