Artist Statement

"Karen Lee Sobol’s work is an alarmingly beautiful cautionary tale.  She interprets climate science to inspire a sense of connection and stewardship for us all."

—Childs Gallery

“Life is a beautiful place.” This mantra motivates me and offers emotional and spiritual balance in an increasingly teetering world.

Each moment holds magic. Staying alert and daydreaming, planning ahead and improvising, these are just some of the ways my mind, heart, and energy move.  Five decades of swimming and meditation underpin the rhythms and energies that weave through my work.  Humor has a place, too.  

“Uplifting” and “happy” is what people say when they see my paintings, mixed media, and 3D work. Gratifying and fascinating, since I aim to convey life’s joy and nature’s exuberance alongside our escalating public health and climate crises.

My Goddess series—large mixed media paintings—speak to procreation, protection, and threat.  My 20//20 series is a visual, visceral translation of our collective challenges as we navigate the uncharted territory of COVID-19.  Having survived a personal health nightmare, I aim to help support us as we face our collective fears, navigate through them, and emerge intact.

Artist Biography

Artist, author, architect, and advocate, Karen Lee Sobol explores our spiritual and physical realms. In many media, her art celebrates nature and human nature. Her memoir—Twelve Weeks: An Artist's Story of Cancer, Healing, and Hope—is illustrated with her art and helps save lives around the world.  

An alumna of Radcliffe College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Karen Lee has exhibited at both. Abroad, her work has been shown in Amsterdam, Cracow, and Tblisi.

An affiliated artist with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Karen Lee expands her reach in the worlds of art and science. Her service includes the New England Aquarium, Save Venice/Boston Chapter, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.