For San Pedro based sculptor Karena Massengill the creative exchange she develops with her students throughout the school year is invaluable. It is through their exchanges that she encourages, supports and motivates her students, who might be facing seemingly mountainous obstacles, to achieve great works of original creativity. Massengill believes that It is through this process that self actualization may occur for the first time in their young life. When the serendipitous occurs, a reciprocal state of fulfillment happens and the teacher is equally enlightened, in their own unique way. This synchronistic relationship is at its best, mutually beneficial and a creative output is the result of this conversation that ebbs and flows between a teacher and student.
Karena Massengill is an artist working with socio political ideas expressed through the use of multi media including traditional materials used for casting and fabrication, digital imaging, drawing, and painting. Massengill has an MFA in Sculpture from California State University at Fullerton, BFA in Jewelry and MetalSmithing from Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Education in Visual and Industrial Technology from the University of Toronto in Canada. She is an adjunct professor teaching Photoshop at Harbor College and is Department Head of Digital and Visual Arts at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach.