Karen Dreher

My name is Karen Dreher and I am a Mexican American artist based in El Paso, Texas. The work I make is through observations I have in my everyday life. Thinking about politics, my interpersonal relations, and world news, I try to gain an understanding of the world through my art by creating to gain a deeper sense of what it means to live in this world that we inhabit.


Pride in Marriage

Date of Creation: April 20, 2023

List of Materials: Brass, Copper, Enamel, Garnet

Dimensions: 2.5in x 6in x 5in

Photographer's Name: Brenda Mejia

Conceptual Statement: People who classify themselves as part of the LGBTQ+ community have existed since the beginning of time, and yet gay marriage has only become a government recognized process in the United States within the past decade. Even with this progress, recent legislature has threatened to take away legal gay marriage once again. I created this piece as a symbol for gay marriage with pride colored enamel fingernails and two garnets on the fourth finger of the left hand, the traditional placement for a wedding ring. Queer folks have always been a marginalized group of people, and a progressive step forward was taken when gay marriage was legalized, gaining a step toward societal acceptance. Yet, our government consistently threatens to take away this right, marginalizing queer folks even more. As a queer person myself I created this piece as a way to explore the concept of a legal marriage, and why it has a set of rules around it that exclude those who choose to be with others of the same gender.

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