Karen Mahaffy’s digital videos, cut paper works, and installations deconstruct the differences between movement and stillness, interior and exterior, past and present. Her work «serve[s] as a reminder of the exquisite contained within the ordinary … [and seeks] to capture that which exposes otherwise passed-over moments.»
Mahaffy received her MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1996. She currently teaches at Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX. Her one and two-person exhibitions in San Antonio include Unit B Gallery (2007), McNay Art Museum (2005), and Sala Diaz 2005). Mahaffy’s work has been featured in exhibitions such as Impossible Exchange, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas (2006); The Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois (2004); and Beyond the Academy, ArtHouse Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas (2003). In 2006, she participated in the Red Gate Gallery Residency Program, Beijing, China. In 2004, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Group Travel Grant to China.