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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Karen Hymer

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Southwest

Remnants- a Portfolio of Photopolymer Gravures

My identity as a woman and artist is tied to the Sonoran desert, the place where I grew up and currently live. For much of my life I have walked the desert collecting bones and other animal and plant objects. These desert “remnants” show the process of aging and decay sharing various characteristics with the aging human body. Remnants, a series of Photopolymer Gravures, examines the relationship between the aging human body and natural elements from the Sonoran desert. Utilizing muted earth tones and in some cases, subtle hand coloring, the richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow. These visual “remnants”- decontextualized close-ups of the human body and remains of plants and animals- reveal a poetic beauty in often-overlooked subjects.

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