February Work In Progress Resident


Karyn Lao is a multimedia artist whose work explores interconnectivity through play. She received a BFA in Fiber at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Her object of inspiration? Pompoms! Made up of hundreds of pieces tied together by a single thread, the pompom is a metaphor for being part of a whole. Karyn’s use of pompoms spans a variety of areas such as wearable sculptures, interactive performances, inflatable installations, community pom-bombing, integrating electronics to make squish sensors… really whatever is fueling her at the moment, expect to see something colorful, soft, and fuzzy!



Karyn enjoys having others be part of the work. In November 2016, she was a participating artist in Art in Odd Places: PLAY in Orlando, Florida. Her project, pOm•trees, invited people to learn how to make pompoms and decorate them on the trees in Downtown Orlando. Last month, she was invited by the Delaware Children's Museum to teach workshops to create a pompom mural with museum visitors. 



As the February's Work In Progress resident, Karyn will continue to use the pompom as a tool to bridge the intersections between people and places, exploring the common threads that connect us.


You can visit Karyn's installation for Work In Progress from February 1-28 and learn more about her work and process during Artist Open Hours, on Saturdays, 2-5PM at our Manhattan studio.



Grow In Love with Pompoms

Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 + 25, 2-5PM

TAC Manhattan Studio


During Open Studio hours, join February's Work In Progress resident Karyn Lao in the creation of a mural with the words " Grow In Love" composed by pompoms. Visitors will learn how to make a pompom and learn more about Karyn's work and process.