Karen Reimer

Karen Reimer is a conceptual artist based in Chicago, IL. She has a BA from Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas and an MFA from the University of Chicago, IL. Currently, she works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an advisor to graduate students.


Reimer primarily works in sculpture, language, and site-specific installation. In most instances, her work combines the traditions of minimalism and conceptual art and the traditions of decorative craft. She uses handwork in the context of systems-based, serial, and chance operations. Reimer works to establish something more complex, more ambiguous, more symbiotic than the traditional oppositional binary relationships that ground so much of our culture. By combining the tactics and aesthetics of conceptual art with the tropes of domestic decoration, Reimer pushes concept and material, art and labor, language and linens, experience and representation, the map and the walk, into the same space.