The Other Mother

the exhibition
about the show
interpretive essay
the artist


Karen Piovaty is a successful artist and graphic designer. A native Canadian, she received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1981 and has worked as a designer in California, Arizona, and Paris, Ontario. In addition to a thriving design business, Karen has taught design, electronic pre-press, and computer graphics at Tucson's Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.

When inspiration and time permit, Karen turns her talents to fine art pursuits. Over the past decade, she has presented mixed-media solo shows and participated in several group exhibitions.

The origins of "The Other Mother" exhibit spring from Karen's experiences as a stepmother and as a child of divorce. She also discovered experience, strength and hope through listening to other stepmothers' stories and reading web sites for stepmothers. After digesting the stories of other stepmothers, she knew she could create artwork that captures the essence of the problems and frustrations these women face.

Karen has created a body of work that will resonate with legions of "other mothers." Think of these pieces as a creative electronic support group--a new way of knowing that similar stories, similar experiences are happening on every block, in every city, in every state.

"Other mothers" are part of our social fabric and these are their stories. Experience them and know that the structure of family life has changed irrevocably. It is up to the adults involved to decide how their actions will contribute to the stability or dysfunction of that structure.