Karen Hunter McLaughlin Over Understory
Karen Hunter McLaughlin – Visual Arts
2768 Maxwell St. , Phila., PA 19136

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 to Sunday, October 3, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 2021, 7 – 9PM

Cheltenham Center for the Arts presents
Residency Solo Show of Karen Hunter McLaughlin

Cheltenham, PA, August 14, 2021—
Over/Understory, presents a solo exhibition of monotype prints by Karen Hunter McLaughlin created in the solitude of the Covid pandemic second wave and beyond. The work, produced during a 2021 CCA print residency, is inspired by multiple components including the writings of Robert MacFarlane, an adventurer and nature writer, Susan Simard and her work on the communication of underground networks, and the layered, ambient music of Philip Glass and Brian Eno. It speaks to the healing energy of nature, its illustrative powers of cooperation, and our movement towards recovery.

Rust, layers, hand-cut stencils, and ink are the mediums of this exploration.

About the Artist— Karen Hunter McLaughlin is a lifelong Philadelphia artist who has worked in traditional 2-D mediums as well as steel wire sculpture. She is currently exploring the fine art of monotype and the spontaneous, corrosive properties of rust. Her work uses a language of shapes she developed that mimic shapes of nature reminiscent of childhood playthings. The bramble of wild blackberry, the fuzzy explosion of a jewelweed seedpod, the ripple of a pond pebble, were used as directional arrowheads moving and connecting the geographical space. For more information visit https://karen-hunter-mclaughlin.com/over-understory/

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