Classical poses and gestures evoke the creative power of the hand to effect and empower – to bless, to calm, to direct, to plead. Alternative images suggest the wildly improbable and potentially possible – flooding basins, towers of babble, whirligigs and engineered fruit.
watercolor on bassword, sewn binding, decorative box
Karen Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two NEA/MAAA awards, the 2007 SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are in numerous collections: MOMA; Library of Congress; Milwaukee Art Museum; Haas Arts Library Yale University; Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions. In 2014 she opened Constellation Studios, in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a creative work-site for print, paper, and book, inviting artists for residencies, workshops, collaborations, exhibitions.