Karen Hunter McLaughlin

Karen in a lifelong Philadelphia artist currently working in painterly monotype prints, rust prints and augmented reality. Read Artist Statement and Bio HERE

Karen, lifting a monotype plate for Pricilla is the Rising Sun

I’m not one who moves. Literally. I’ve lived in the same place, more or less, since I was 3. I share my childhood home with the boy I loved at 14. All my moves are figurative, my work is how I move. Often in the past they’ve been quick bursts of series through styles, mediums, colors, moods, environmental and existential crises. My comforting constants are the ever changing nature of nature, the language of variable line, and the design of my life.

In 2017 I began studying the fine art of printmaking, gravitating towards multi-layer monotype printing. There are things I can do with monotype printing, that I could never recreate in other mediums. The negative and positive effects I obtain aren’t possible with direct application. What draws me to this type of printmaking are the ephemeral surprises and chance discoveries I find when lifting paper from plate.