Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan: Blog https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:11:00 GMT Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:11:00 GMT https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u479963982-o917039775-50.jpg Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan: Blog https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog 120 114 Project 2017 :: One Eye Series https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/project-2017-one-eye-series While collaging daily in 2017,  I began to observe art work that had just a single eye in them.  I am not sure the meaning of that. I like my work to be asymmetrical. I also feel since my collage work is a personal narrative that eyes and/or an eye meant at some level a searching of some sort. I would not particularly try for the one eye look and then observe when I completed a piece - oh, look ( pun!! ) there is only one eye! This made me smile.

There are many many emotions and stories within this collection. 2017 was a year of bullying, pending homelessness, financial and emotional struggles and more. 

The full collection of the one eye series can be viewed larger here # 39-83

I began dividing the daily art work I did in 2017 as a Project. It became a way to observe what themes appeared. You can find blog posts about the other six themes here.

My collage work is for sale. Each piece is 8.5 x 11 for $54 plus whatever shipping. Usually $6

My work is currently consigned at Dog And Pony Gallery in Peoria, IL.  Gallery Pegasus and Brazen Shop+Studio in Bellingham. 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan one eye series washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/project-2017-one-eye-series Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:10:56 GMT
Project 2017 :: Trees https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/project-2017-trees I have been enjoying the memory evoking task of tearing apart journal pages that are from the year 2017 - this was the year I started collaging on a daily basis. Having such a high volume of work makes it hard to share or view objectively. I decided by dividing work into themes that I perceive as cohesive that they will have a stronger value as installations or consignments. Themes: a cry for help, black and white, birds, the neighbor, and floral can be found here. 

images/larger viewing for the theme trees are in this album #24-38

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan project 2017 trees https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/project-2017-trees Sat, 18 Aug 2018 20:41:33 GMT
Project 2017 :: Floral https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/project-2017-floral As a project I am tearing apart the journals of daily collage work from 2017 and dividing the art work into themes/narratives or stories. 

other themes include: 

cry for help

black and white

the neighbor

birds

Below the 2017 theme: FLORAL

ALL are found in this album #1-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage floral karen hanrahan project 2017 https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/project-2017-floral Sat, 18 Aug 2018 20:28:31 GMT
Narrative :: A Living Statue https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/narrative-a-living-statue once upon a time i authored an article and in the process of it all took way too many photographs. she, this beautiful living expression of street performing art was a delight to capture. I feel especially grateful for the opportunity!!

Full image portfolio is here. 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist busker karen hanrahan living statue photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/narrative-a-living-statue Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:12:13 GMT
FORCE :: A Group Show About Nature https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/force-a-group-show-about-nature Force :: A Group Show About Nature

For the month of September, Make.Shift Gallery will feature several local artists who explore the relationship between humans and nature. Biologist and artist, Audrey Thompson, uses fire and wood to create pyrographic portraits of aquatic animals. Mattie Templeton incorporates bright colors and geometric shapes to bring large predators to life. Cydni Carter’s mixed media collages meditate on the landscapes of our memories. Nicole Denning’s intricately layered illustrations and Karen Hanrahan’s torn paper collages raise questions about the relationship between violence against women and humanity’s impact on the environment. This collection will also feature black and white photography by Rod Haynes and oil paintings on recycled wood by Seth Benish.

This exhibition coincides with Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, which will be held at the Whatcom Museum from September 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019.

I mentioned works of nudity that I had in my portfolio to the gallery director. That is how I was invited to participate in this group show and the Prospective Parts Show in July. 

I have five framed pieces in this show. One is a larger 18 x 24 collage that I just love

This time we were invited to add works for sale on consignment. thus the morphed - nude series. now #'d wrapped and ready to sell. I was super excited to see my collage be chosen for the event cover photo.

framed show piece 18 x 24framed show piece 18 x 2418 x 24
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.

  framed show pieceframed show piecemorphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
framed show pieceframed show piecemorphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
framed show pieceframed show piecemorphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
*image for event cover. yay!
#1#1#1
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYCI got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#2#2#2
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#3#3#3
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#8#8#8
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#8#8#8
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#10#10#10
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#12#12#12
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#16#16#16
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#17#17#17
morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#18#18#18

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#19#19#19

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#20#20#20

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#21#21#21

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#22#22#22

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#23#23#23

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#24#24#24

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#25#25#25

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.
#26#26#26

morphed :: nude collage series.
on consignment in conjunction with "Force - a group show about Nature"

Summer 2017, While in NYC I got access to a few high fashion magazine that had a nice selection of nude images that I could tear apart and morph. the numbers represent the order in which they were made.

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/force-a-group-show-about-nature Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:39:15 GMT
Prospective Parts :: Tops And Bottoms https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/prospective-parts-tops-and-bottoms i want to earmark an opportunity i had to show some nude work with this blog post.

if you are offended by nudity, two of these images may not be of interest to you.

these shots were taken during my winter artist residency

i had many who were open to modeling for me

i had a very crude light set up

and was learning as I went along.

catherine, kim and nik are represented in this show.

i have specific ideas about working with lights

and a look that pleases me

verses a look that doesn't.

i am not a fan of studio photography, at least the standard studio. 

i did not bring this light set up with me since moving west

so, it's been some time now that i've had the opportunity to do work like this.

my 6 pieces were placed in a corner.

my own little corner

the work is small

5 x 7 

matted strongly in dark black and a black frame

they look really great.

one has to step into them to really see them.

In observing folks interacting with my hanging

many backed away.

several spoke outloud of discust

sigh.

the gallery did not offer a nudity warning.

my fellow artisans in this group show

had nudity as well.

subtle, and very lovely works. 

fellow artists: cyndi carter, katie howard, francia orozco

The opening:

 

 

(professional and careful hanging by gallery volunteers --- thank you!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan nudes photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/prospective-parts-tops-and-bottoms Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:07:21 GMT
Bird Series :: On Consignment https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/bird-series-on-consignment VERY excited to announce that I will be releasing a select bird themed group of collages.

It's been awhile since I've sent a collection into a vending circumstance and I am delighted.

Curated from Project 2017 theme BIRDS - 16 pieces were numbered, signed, journaled about, and packaged.  

They will be on consignment at Brazen Shop + Studio, parallel to the second month of the Inspirit-Form's tour.

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/bird-series-on-consignment Sat, 07 Jul 2018 17:48:08 GMT
Prospective Parts - Group Show At MakeShift In July https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/prospective-parts---group-show-at-makeshift-in-july  

MAKE.SHIFT JULY ART WALK:

“PROSPECTIVE PARTS”

WORKS BY FRANCIA OROZCO, KAREN HANRAHAN,

KATIE HOWARD, & CYDNI CARTER

 

For the month of July, Make.Shift Gallery has invited four unique local artists for an exhibition titled,

“Prospective Parts.” Through a variety of mediums, each artist’s practice focuses on complex representations of

the human body. In different ways, each artist’s work raises interesting questions about the body’s role as a

political landscape, a spiritual vehicle, and a visual subject.

 

Francia Orozco’s bright and bold paintings are heavily influenced by her Mexican culture and her

experience as an immigrant, minority, and woman in this country. Karen Hanrahan’s up-close black and white

photographs, captured by a simple point and shoot camera, have been described as organic, narrative, and

authentic. Using her own photos for reference to focus on areas of fine detail, Katie Howard’s large-scale

paintings depict scenes of craving and hunger. Through mixed media pieces that combine black and white

photography, collage, and embroidery, Cydni Carter creates complex and layered maps of that which we call

the soul.

 

We hope to see you at the opening of “Prospective Parts” on Friday July 6th, from 6-10pm. The show

will be on display through the month of July.

 

For more information about Art Walk or Make.Shift please visit

our website at makeshiftproject.com/gallery or contact the gallery director, Jessyca Murphy at

gallery@makeshiftproject.com.

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Make.Shift July Art Walk

Event Details

 

WHAT: Art Walk; Prospective Parts: Works by Francia Orozco, Karen Hanrahan, Katie Howard, and

Cydni Carter

 

WHEN: Friday, July 6th, 2018 6-10PM

WHERE: Make.Shift Art Space 306 Flora St. in downtown Bellingham

COST: Free!

CONTACT: Jessyca Murphy gallery@makeshiftproject.com

 

Prospective Parts Logo by Jessyca Murphy 

Make.Shift Art Space is a DIY art and music venue dedicated to innovative alternative art and music.

The 8,000-square-foot space includes an art gallery, live all-ages music venue and 18 individual art and music

studios. Here we provide a home for painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, and whoever

else needs an affordable place to make a mess and show it off.

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/prospective-parts---group-show-at-makeshift-in-july Tue, 12 Jun 2018 04:25:34 GMT
Inspirit Form Continues Tour at Brazen Shop and Studio https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/inspirit-form-continues-tour-at-brazen-shop-and-studio In it's third installation,  Inspirit-Form - a 22 piece collage show, now hangs through June and July at Brazen Shop + Studio in Downtown Bellingham. 

Hung by shop owners with great care, with signage that makes me feel like a rock star, and folks who say hey didn't i see this hanging at the coop!

Yup, Inspirit - Form is on tour.

commentary from it's last hanging:

" If you haven't had a chance to check out Karen's work in person, now's your chance! I had the pleasure of an up-close viewing while munching a sandwich at the Cordata Food Co-op yesterday. It has such an epic and important feel to it, and when you see multiple pieces together it really comes together as a cohesive, poignant, chilling, yet inspiring body of work (chilling in a good way)." 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage inspirit form karen hanrahan tour washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/inspirit-form-continues-tour-at-brazen-shop-and-studio Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:07:21 GMT
Group Photography Show At Lucky Monkey https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/group-photography-show-at-lucky-monkey Three rather random framed photographs of mine are now hanging in a group show at a lovely eclectic gift shop known as The Lucky Monkey in downtown Bellingham. YAY! All have circulated in one way or another before. The group is a FB group known as Seeing Bellingham. Participants responded to a call for art. 

Corn, was in a show in central illinois, a group show with the theme uh,"corn". I was rather honored to have my piece show in Eaton Gallery's front window that month. I was invited to the theme and took way too many corn images in preparation. ( grin ) 

The cow named Forest was my neighbor, he was a breach baby, he and his mama almost died - he was born in a patch of forest at the back end of the property - thus the name. Not having been around cows before I enjoyed taking images of them when i lived there! I attended a local photography conference and my peers voted my cow "portrait" as ART, which was very affirming for me.

The last piece is a nasturtium. I am not much of a gardener, but sometimes I can get a container or two going. I love watching things grow. Nasturtium seeds are always fast growing and plentiful. Add that they are beautiful and edible, well that's a win win for all. This image was taken during a project on the topic of cooking with beans. Had the images I shot been published this would have been one chosen. It juried into a summer show at the Janson Art Center. 

All of the above are for sale. 

When the above are not showing they have hung in my home.  

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) karen hanrahan photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/group-photography-show-at-lucky-monkey Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:19:43 GMT
Collages Now Hanging At Joy of Pilates Studio https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/collages-now-hanging-at-joy-of-pilates-studio My touring black and white collage trio is now hanging at Joy Of Pilates In Bellingham. Super fun, airy, warehouse style environment. These collages are for sale. Frame not included $90 Each. If you purchase the entire collection. I will give you the frames!  

The lead for the "call for art" came from a gal on FB.

Thank you Terry!

 

and then she cried

parted

zippered up

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage collage artist karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/collages-now-hanging-at-joy-of-pilates-studio Wed, 23 May 2018 23:51:59 GMT
Essence Of Bellingham 2018 https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/essence-of-bellingham-2018 Each year the City Of Bellingham hosts a photography contest called the Essence Of Bellingham. I entered it in the spring of 2016, when I had only been west a short while. I didn't win. In 2017 I entered again and I was awarded 4 honorable mentions. Woot! One of the images was printed and hung up in city hall for the year. Pretty cool. In 2018, I entered and my photograph of the Tacos El Tule food truck won an honorable mention! The story gets better though. When I posted the news of my award, my friend and a collector of my work could hardly believe it - her husband was from the very small in the middle of nowhere Mexican town known as El Tule! Isn't that just wild? She BOUGHT the photograph to give to her husband for their anniversary. I just love how small and significant the world can be. In making sure the story continued on, I made a print to gift to the folks at Taco El Tule. None of this would have happened if they weren't selling tacos!

I have a bit of experience narrating food truck and pop up restaurant stories

 

 

Below are the ten photographs I submitted this year, and here are all the images I set aside to try and pick my final shots from. It's always a fun process. 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) award honorable mention karen hanrahan photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/essence-of-bellingham-2018 Wed, 23 May 2018 23:08:55 GMT
The Coating Of Bellinghams Acid Ball https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/the-coating-of-bellinghams-acid-ball When I moved to Bellingham in the fall of 2015,  I became very intrigued by the scape of the water front. Especially the decay of a former granary building and multiple structures remaining from a closed paper mill. At the time, a major waterfront project was underway, there sure was a lot of activity and construction happening! Turns out a competition was had to turn the mill's acid ball into public art. The winners of the competition, Mutuus Studio, a design firm out of Seattle, proposed moving the ball, and coating it with reflective glass beads. The coating had never been applied in this way ever before.

I found myself one afternoon on Central Pier after they had moved the ball, wondering how I could be part of the coating project. I thought it would be a great photography narrative. As an artist I wonder about things like this rather often, but acting on them is sometimes a challenge. I did find the gumption to introduce myself to the design firm, and after a delightful phone conversation, found myself celebrating a yes and permission to photograph the project! WOW!

Having never worked on a construction site before, I had to sign forms, and procure a safety vest and hard hat. Luckily I was able to borrow those from the city. I was told that my being allowed on the site, as an everyday citizen/artist was not something that happened easily. I felt remarkably grateful. I was at the project 8 separate times over a period of two weeks. I clocked in 17 shoot hours, and about twice that in editing. The highlight of the entire gig was the evening when they tested the lighting, the ball had been fully coated, the entire team was present, once darkness fell, and once we figured out how to trigger the reflective beads, it was pretty darn magical!

Another moment for me was on day two. As the first coat of primer was going on, the sky painted itself with the most amazing collection of clouds. The clouds really added to the scape, and really made for some magnificent and unique images!

Before the acid ball could be coated, it first had to be power washed, caulked, and primed. Coating with the beads was tricky, it required two men, and timing was of the essence .  They did the project in three sections, beginning at the top of the ball, and working their way underneath. On the final beading day the painting team had to wrestle with very high winds.

My project portfolio in its entirety is here.  

Below are some of my favorite captures.

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) acid ball city of bellingham karen hanrahan mutuus studio photographer port of bellingham reflective beads waypoint park https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/the-coating-of-bellinghams-acid-ball Sun, 13 May 2018 20:49:07 GMT
Eighteen By Twenty Four https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/eighteen-by-twenty-four  

To challenge myself in 2018 I decided to make one large 18x24 collage per week. i have always collaged in an 8.5x11 format, very occasionally in 9x12. The dynamic of working larger has been interesting for me. 

Not quite sure of an exact making pattern. some seem to begin in the middle and work themselves to each side. many are morphing faces, and i am actually enjoying that process, especially the sitting and cutting all the faces out. who knew! 

One recently became part of a group show in May

All need a written narrative. Some are clear as to what they are speaking to, others are not.

Here is one:

this week's 18 x 24. a ton of narrative in this one. in my past there were people who did not reveal themselves truthfully - they would give you that stone face, and or offer lip service. placate you. sometimes they were one person in certain circumstances - another person in another - even the horse has that stone face look. these people were miserable beings. i could have had the wrangler running off into the other direction i suppose but i sense it's purpose was to put these artificial beings out of their emotional misery. at least symbolically. the rush of color and the force of it's paint strokes show a sense of power/ a get it done-ness, and that small blast of blue is to me like the other side of something. the color blue is a very important part of my life. the original three images chosen for this piece began with the stone faces, the colorful rider and the texture of the mountain scape - it evolved and came together by the morph of that man and the brown of and the stare of that horse. for those following my work - these stories or subconscious reveal are not planned - they arrive as I make. it's part of why I collage, and why I teach collage to others. a tool for emotional sorting and expression.

 

 

 

Not all of this 18x24 work resonates with me, there are even a few of these collages that I don't like very much.  I am glad for the not so good pieces. I can learn from them. Presenting art immediately challenges my budget. 

Hopefully I will find creative ways to share and show these.

An image like this does not actually convey size.

 

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/eighteen-by-twenty-four Fri, 11 May 2018 18:20:44 GMT
Visqueen Dancing https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/visqueen-dancing  

 

                                                                                                                                                                      A cable appeared in my window. 

and then a rope. 

and then, at the bottom of the building there was a lift. 

We were being readied for a facelift!!

The note we were issued said power washing, patching and paint would be happening. wow. 

they asked for our patience and cooperation

this, they said, was a long term project.

up to 6 months!

my area was the first to get windows covered with visqueen.

someone said to me yesterday

"oh, that's a lot like looking through cataracts." 

The plastic definitely alters the view.

Of the 20 windows covered, only 3 got holes cut for air.

hmmmmm. 

i put an inquiry to get holes for air too, but at the end of that particular day, no air hole.

it was almost 90 in here.

luckily, i found a guy. and asked for his assistance.

he took out my screens, took down the visqueen in both my windows

and promised to be back with new visqueen after the weekend, and he said, he'd make sure i had air holes.

yay!

AND

just like he promised.

he was back.

That day the sun hit just right as he and his co-worker went about their work.

perhaps you can see why i had to find my camera.

when the utility knife was pulled out

i could not believe how cool that looked

a tad hitchcock-esque - don't you think?

When the two of them worked at the other window 

i thought it looked as if they were dancing.

TOO fun! 

We all were given air holes that day. 

And so, time went on.

and the workers worked.

when they were near my window

my air hole was taped shut,

then

it would be re-opened 

Often the lift,  went up and down in the course of a days work.

up and down, over and over.

so far, the paint job looks really amazing.

Finally, the visqueen came down.

once the plastic was down, it didn't mean that they were done, they still had quite a bit left to do.

it's important to note that when 

the workers are working

they are like IN your windows.

with studio apartments as they are

their presence is...

well, present.

For me as an artist, i found it was a great 

opportunity to play with light,color, shadows, lines and a cataract perspective! 

HA!

I sometimes still can't believe i am here. 5 months now.

i have felt a profound gratitude to be living here in what I call my city studio

I am experiencing a sense of security, safety and privacy, have to say it's also a relief for me that someone else can be concern about the maintenance.

My FULL image album of this adventure is here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/visqueen-dancing Sat, 05 May 2018 17:08:18 GMT
Our Imaginary Friend Griselia https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/our-imaginary-friend-griselia I answered a call for art from Make.Shift Gallery. 

Every year, Make.Shift Gallery celebrates Kid's Art Walk in May. This year, they partnered with Cedar Tree Montessori and asked 4th to 6th grade students to create artistic renderings of their imaginary friends. We invite YOU to create a piece of art inspired by the work of these talented kids. Our exhibit will display these works by students and local artists side-by-side through the month of May. The opening will be on Art Walk Friday, May 4th from 6-10pm.

I was given this adorable visual prompt

PLUS this description:

My Imaginary Friend by Amaia.

Her name is Griselia she is 4.5 feet tall. She wears black and red leafs formed into a dress. She wears black flats. She has a big black and red flower in her long black hair that flows into the wind as if it were part of it. She can morph into any animal that is not smaller than a fox. She has blood red eyes and is great with a bow and arrow. ( that she always carries around just in case ) She was abandoned as a baby but thankfully someone took her in. The person that took her in was a warrior and when she took her in and she was trained to be one of the highest trained warriors. She is very protective of her land, and I should know. I am Griselia

i had an afternoon to give to it. I was lucky to immediately find a red eye.

that image find was where the collage began. 

The piece evolved into a sword which was appropriate for the warrior that Amaia described.

In two places a bow and arrow is implied, and below the handle of the sword are shooting rays of iight, a bit like the movement of arrows

I did the best with what I could find for her costume - it called for red and black leaves, all i could muster visually were black and red petals and black and white feathers. i think adding the armour helped, but i admit that section is a bit busy.

her hair became what morphed like a fox, i felt the braid instilled strength and what flowed into the wind was a head full of flowers

 

The piece evolved into an 18 x 24 Collage!

Framing as you know is a challenge for me.

I asked around for a spare 

and one was found, and gifted to me.  

YAY!

I oiled the wood

( coconut oil and vinegar )

 and it was JUST perfect.

Took a friend to May's artist walk - she caught this one of me: 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/our-imaginary-friend-griselia Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:56:33 GMT
Inspirit-Form On Tour! https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/inspirit-form-on-tour I am very excited to share that my solo installation "Inspirit-Form" is going on tour. 

First stop was installed yesterday. Matt was a seriously patient and gracious assistant. The show looks awesome in the space.

Kindly stop at the Cordata Community Food Coop now through May in the local roots room and check it out!

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/inspirit-form-on-tour Thu, 29 Mar 2018 23:03:55 GMT
Photography Exhibit At Sumas Historical Society And Museum https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/photography-exhibit-at-sumas-historical-society-and-museum I am super honored that the Sumas Historical Society And Museum, a true gem of a place in the small border town of Sumas, WA has selected 6 of my photographs for their local artist display. The six 8 x 10 framed photographs are mounted on a pieces of wood giving the display a rugged look.  Thank you Gail for the beautiful display! Julie, thanks for the image share. 

 

Below is a closer look at the images, but nothing beats seeing them in person!

The museum is open WED, FRI and SAT from 12-4, it's on 2nd street, just down the way from the library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) karen hanrahan photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/photography-exhibit-at-sumas-historical-society-and-museum Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:14:41 GMT
Project 2017 :: Birds https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/project-2017-birds I am enjoying tearing apart my collage journals and organizing them into visual themes and stories. If you recall I made a commitment in 2017 to journal daily with collage. If for some reason I missed a day, I would make two the next day. The point is I created a high volume of work. 

I am a safety and order person. I like things to be a certain way. While I don't put my spices in alphabetical order, I valued that the work of 2017 was neatly in 5 journals and in order of the way that they were made. Taking them all apart and out of order feels unsettling. My goal with Project 2017 is to lessen the overwhelm of the sheer volume, and divide my collage work into cohesive collections. 

ALL work is for sale. Reasonably priced $54. Plus shipping. 

These are the stories and themes I've discovered so far:

The Neighbor

Black And White

A Cry For Help

Today's theme is BIRDS. 

I had begun a side project at the beginning of 2017 for a solo installation. The installation was inspired by this collage and a found Audubon magazine.

I made this piece around the beginning of the new year. I loved the direction and focus it offered me. So determined!

"Give what you dream direction and watch yourself become"

I decided for the show to collage with images from Audubon magazines exclusively. Turns out finding that magazine was more challenging than I expected. I did source quite a few, and completely tore them all apart! In the end, I framed and matted 22 collages for my exhibit, which showed in the fall of 2017.  

Outside of the installation that I was preparing for, birds found their way into my daily collage journaling. 

I noticed that the bird is often solo, alone, single ...much like I am. When there are two birds, it's because of a specific reason. like a work project or moving help. 

To see this theme in an album go here  #74-#116

Below are some stories around this theme:

my search for a new home was ever present and very challenging. 

a few solstice's and equinox's occurred 

My solo installation launched this day. I felt so affirmed. The location of it was wooded. 

By this time installation creations had become very BIRD, and had morphed into something more.  A curator took interest and offered to author the narrative. The collaboration of which was really cool.

This was a piece that looks a bit like some of what was in the installation. (but wasn't included)

This collage solidified the nucleus known as my family. My nest (thus the mama bird) was empty, but we were unified. cohesive. I made this collage after visiting my two kids. I had not seen them for almost 2 years. In processing some of the trips not so great moments - I felt the authenticity of an apology from my daughter, which I feel spired the making of this collage.   The second piece, was the day they told me that they were funding my visit! 

Other collages were made simply for the beauty or mystery of what they offered.

Here is one that shows more than one bird or the help I had when I moved

(I moved two times in 2017) 

As I tear these journals apart, birds seem to find their way into certain stories, so not all the birds are highlighted in this sharing, but I think you get the idea of the theme!

#4 #2 #1 #3 #5 #7 #8 #9 #6 #13 #11 #10 #15 #14 #18 #12 #16 #20 #19 #21   #25 #24 #21 #23   #26 #29  #30   #27 #28   #34 #31  #32  #33  #35 #36  #38  #39 #37   #40 #41  #42 #43

below notes from the backs of some of the collages:  

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2 boots, wool,wintery, poised, last bit of color. 

3 working with sara collage

4 divided flight, unintended nature

5 made in collage circle

6 the direction you need to take is right in front of you, all you need to do is look. earth, fire, grounded, passion. give what you dream direction and watch yourself become

7 change of scape, flight, altered, current water and air

8 "toile" in flight. fascination with beautiful rest/fine linen

9 minds eye, little bird told me, combining nature with fashion, surprising, perched, searching

10 

11 elegant, the neck and the bill doors of faraway places, medicinal woman, tradition, lack of

12 up the coast ( kate ) heard from matthew. trip.

13 stonehenge single, the other side of manifestion, monday, attracting homelessness

14

15 summer solstice, personal blooming, blossoming, vibration, imagine, let the sun shine

16 when folks do not get along

17

18 spread my wings, trees have paths, all in a row, gazing forward, exhibit launch ( uncanny ) 

19 got my whale tail 

20 morphed, nature, one eye series, murky, looks better this way

21 installation occurred today. poland highway and waterway, wild turkey

22 family, mother, daughter, son, the authenticity of an apology felt by daughter, family unit, mama/baby bird

23 equinox, golden time of the year, wisdom, rooted, trees, the tree does not stand alone

24 what you discover on the internet, what there is to be told. gail - interview/already you are underpaid.

25 a little bird told me slice of moon

26 unexpected back side of a magazine page

27 full moon preparation/ watching over , wise, divided house

28 post las vegas shootings. horrified. the world is my ice cream cone

29 lady gaga morphed with a owl. wise. didn't work with the eagle feather

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31 bizarre bird/bride morph fantasy, garden, fairy, bright

32 hard day, feeling stopped, day got away from me, not sure what i accomplished

33 watching. wise woman watching wise owl watching silly toy hat , cars in har

34 time capsule, lonely, bird morph, timelessness, weekend, nothing, cowboy, solo

35 EYE see autumn

36 lazy, sunday, dreary, rainy. color, rich, color rich, beautiful, hummingbird, fascinating

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38 new lease signed today, city studio, fiscal relief is indescribable

39 moving help, duo, i had help

40 beauty and the lettuce leaf

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42 soaring. new home very bellingham

43 not morphed, seeking their own direction weddel seal/hummingbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) artist collage karen hanrahan washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/project-2017-birds Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:04:57 GMT
Images Sold To The City Of Sumas https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/images-sold-to-the-city-of-sumas I captured an image narrative of the US/Canada border town Sumas, WA during the 6 months that I lived there. I fell for the odd quirk of the place and the absolutely lovely expanse of the surrounding countryside.  A ten minute jaunt after a rainfall, at sunset, e even during the fires from BC would provide me with plenty of things to photograph. 

I wrote an article about the little museum in town and out of that a referral found it's way to me from the Chamber. They chose ten of my photographs for their website/directory.

I am honored! 

 

 

 

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bestwellnessconsultant@gmail.com (Collage Artist And Photographer Karen Hanrahan) karen hanrahan photographer washington https://karenhanrahan.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/images-sold-to-the-city-of-sumas Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:46:54 GMT