Remnants, a series of hand-worked photopolymer gravures, explores the relationship between the aging human body and natural elements from the Sonoran desert. I grew up in the desert collecting dead animals, dried plants and rocks. This desert landscape has inspired me to seek relationships between the transformation of my own aging body and the processes of decay in the natural world. Combining photography with printmaking I emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow, working with the muted earth tones I know best. These visual “remnants” decontextualized close-ups of the human body and remains of plants and animals reveal the subtle poetry of aging and decay and invite the viewer to see beauty in unexpected places.
To check out more of Karen’s work please visit her website at karenhymer.com
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