Karen Hanmer

Faster Higher Further First: a sampler of women aviators
pigment inkjet prints
8 x 2.5 x .5 in; open: 8 x 56 x 5 in.

Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful artworks present vignettes from personal and cultural memory that allow viewers to connect personally to her pieces. She often incorporates archival photographs and text into books that fragment and layer images to mirror the experience of memory. Her books are meant to be handled; the intimate scale, choice of materials, and the posture and gesture required to view each piece combine to evoke the reverence of looking through a photo album, diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include tongue-in-cheek text.

© Karen Hanmer