Karina Lazystich (they/she) is a queer Malaysian American multimedia artist exploring relationships between cultural landscapes, gender, and systems of labor. Hinging on the dissection and cathartic expression of grief, their work explores ways that intimate experiences are shaped by collective structures.
Recently, Karina's practice has centered on textiles and alternative printmaking techniques. They use discarded, often mass-produced materials such as napkins and bedsheets and transform them through a regenerative process into handmade personal objects. Karina first began working with reclaimed fibers and fabrics for their accessibility but over time came to understand these materials as both symbols and practices of adaptability. They choose to continue working with these mediums in ways that subvert traditionally feminine “crafts” and allow for a tactile means of returning to the body.
Karina is an MFA candidate for Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico. She has shown work internationally and is the recipient of several awards including a Mellon Environmental Analysis Fellowship, a Fulcrum Fund Grant, and the North Street Collective Artist Residency.