Karen Hackenberg: Watershed

Karen Hackenberg lives and works in Port Townsend, WA. Her ongoing series Watershed addresses the tenuous boundary between living nature and human encroachment.  

“In my ongoing painting series, Watershed, I take a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, presenting a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of our new post-consumer creatures of the sea. The Watershed paintings are inspired by the incongruity of the man-made detritus found washed up on the otherwise pristine shores near my Discovery Bay, WA studio.”

Hackenberg collects this flotsam and creates meticulous gouache paintings from her seascape compositions. This exhibition includes a selection of her paintings as well as her collected castaways that “bob in on the waves from far and near.”

ArtTalk with Gary Faigin | Watershed Moments: The Art of Karen Hackenberg

Fri, Jan. 23, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm 
BIMA Auditorium
Reception following talk
Free, pre-registration recommended

Join host Gary Faigin, Gage Academy of Art Artistic Director, to explore Karen’s influences and inspirations, and discover the unique sense of humor behind her vibrant creations.

In her ongoing series Watershed, Olympic Peninsula artist Karen Hackenberg presents a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation; a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of the new post-consumer creatures of the sea. Painting traditionally with oil and gouache, she lovingly and meticulously crafts beautiful images of conventionally ugly beach cast-offs, creating a provocative juxtaposition of form and idea.

Karen Hackenberg first developed her connection to the natural world in the pastures, orchards, wooded hills and beaches along Long Island Sound in rural Connecticut. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design before migrating west to San Francisco. Her work appears in many private and permanent public collections, including the New York State Museum, Providence Medical Center and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.



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