Karen Hanrahan


Untitled #1
collage
8.5 x 11 in.
$125
Untitled #2
collage
8.5 x 11 in.
$125

“I moved to a border-farming town that was near what is called the berry belt. Intense summer forest fire smoke lingered and temperatures were abnormally hot. The farm employers said, “Unless you are dead, don’t miss work.” Seventeen days into harvest, a young 28 year old guest migrant worker, named Honesto fell ill. 4 days later he died. His death sparked a day long workers strike and negotiations about how to give H-2A workers better representation.

I was journaling daily with collage at the time. I don’t usually collage about events in the news. Yet, my sadness for this family showed up in my creative subconscious work. A wife and two young ones were now without him, such a tragic loss.”

Intuitive artist Karen Hanrahan, works with a digital camera and torn magazine pages to narrate the challenges of her life. Her multi-disciplinary work expresses her tenacious spirit by processing personal topics such as rape, loneliness, trauma and poverty. Karen’s work is acknowledged as organic, intimate and visually engaging.

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© Karen Hanrahan