Description: Karina Hean’s drawings revel in the visual pleasure of moments in the landscape and a connection with place, both real and invented. Many of the drawings describe structures, which bracket or support organic masses; a reference to nature’s order, seen specifically in mineral structures. The contained, roiling, and often chaotic subjects appear as living storms, momentarily suspended. Selecting, recombining, and embellishing specimens from nature’s complexity interests me as a means to present emotional metaphors while also enjoying the beauty of light, form, and land. These imagined landscapes are un-traversable spaces but are drawn from moving through and observing nature daily.
Artist Karina Noel Hean is based in Santa Fe, NM and teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She has served on the faculty at the University of Montana, Fort Lewis College, and New Mexico State University and holds a BA from St. Johns College, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Studio Art Centers International, and an MFA from New Mexico State University. Karina works as the Associate Sales & Gallery Director at Selby Fleetwood Gallery, has worked with SITE Santa Fe in exhibitions and education, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts as the Visual Arts Coordinator.