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September 3, 2021 - September 26, 2021


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Over/Understory, is a collection of monotype prints by Karen Hunter McLaughlin created in the solitude of the Covid pandemic second wave and beyond. The work, produced during her 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.

Opening Reception Friday, September 10, 2021 6-9pm

About Karen Hunter McLaughlin:
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 jewelweed seedpods, the ripple of a pond pebble, were used as directional arrowheads moving and connecting the geographical space.

For more information visit Karen’s website!


September 3, 2021
September 26, 2021
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Cheltenham Center for the Arts
439 Ashbourne Road
Cheltenham, PA United States
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