Upside Down Crow
The reality of upside down crow was a happy accident. I printed the image on metal as an experiment. The tail of the crow got cut off. By turning the piece upside down The crows reflection became whole.
At the time this photograph was taken I was at just on other side of pending homelessness. Three years of unexpected events had resolved. I was awarded housing. I was safe. I would no longer have to worry about a place to live. Crossing this physical threshold was monumental. Once I was in my own space. My emotions spiraled. My mental state turned upside down. My years of flight and fight took its toll. I did not recognize myself in the mirror.
Surviving trauma can express itself in unexpected ways. Looking from a different perspective often offers a reveal. Reflected beauty gives perspective.
“Being upside down isn’t all that bad,” says the crow.
Karen Hanrahan lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is a narrative artist known for uniquely capturing day-to-day moments with photography and subconscious collage.
16 x 20 Photograph On Metal
August 9–August 31, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 9, 6-8 pm
CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery is pleased to present its ‘22nd International Open’, an exciting exhibition juried by Dolores Mercado. Included are works by 40 artists exploring conceptual and material boundaries through video, photography, mixed medium assemblage, collage, painting and sculpture.
Exhibiting Artists: Lisa Barcy, Siara Berry, Dimelza Broche, Christine Bruening, Chicagokim, Jiwon Choi, Jeanie Choi, Kylie Renee Clark, Parmalee Cover, Megan De Paula, Christina Dietz, Char Downs, Susan Fecho, Judith Roston Freilich, Amalia Galdona Broche, Lea Goldman, Gwen Gunter, Karen Hanrahan, Cindy Hansen, Carol Hayman, Amanda Jean Iverson, Jamie Kost, Laurie LeBreton, Cynthia Lee, Stephanie Lerma, Ellen Starr Lyon, Emily McKenna, Terri Messinides, Kathy Nida, Mary Phelan, Amy Pleasant, Cheryl Prisco, Sekana Radović, Shani Richards, Evie Richner, Nichole Riley, Lisa Venditelli, Dominique Vitali, Mia Weiner, and Casey Weldon.
Juror: Dolores Mercado is the Associate Curator at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Chicago, Illinois, and former Associate Director of Education and Senior Arts Educator. She studied at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printing La Esmeralda in Mexico City, The Academy of San Carlos from the UNAM in Mexico City, The School of Video of the University of Guadalajara, and at the School of Visual Arts of the University of Guadalajara.
Mercado was the Curator of Women Artists of Modern Mexico: Frida’s Contemporaries; La vida sobre papel: Judithe Hernández; Contemplations: Dan Ramirez, Works from the Permanent Collection; Deportable Aliens: New Work by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas; La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead; Carmen Parra: Suave Patria; Rito y Recuerdo: Day of the Dead; Quilt Me A Story: Nuestros relatos (Immigration Stories); Maquila Blues: Oscar Moya; Fragmentos: Pilar Acevedo; and Abyss: Rocío Caballero among many others. Mercado has also Co-curated Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey; !No se olvida! Remembering the Tlatelolco Massacre and Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez, and others. She has hosted Camino Tierra Adentro radio program at WRTE 90.5 FM (1999 to 2004, MFACM), and Alquimia radio program at WRTE 90.5 FM. (2004-2006) NMMA. She was a coordinator and collaborator for the Women Artists of Modern Mexico: Frida’s Contemporaries catalog and Coordinator for Nahui Olin: A Woman Beyond Time catalog, NMMA.
Mercado has been in charge of several Symposiums, Conferences and Events and has participated as a panelist in Art in Response to Violence, Northeastern University; Ni Una Más: Remembering the Missing Women of Juarez, DePaul University; and Translating Tragedy into Art, a conversation with Filmmaker Carlos Carrera. Dolores Mercado has exhibited in the US, Mexico, Spain, Canada and Nicaragua.
(Banner image: artwork by Emily McKenna)
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