I create paintings that explore the entangled ways in which memory, time, and place are interconnected. I start with ink and watercolor to make an assortment of dots, lines, and pools of color. Then, like a cartographer, I label areas — not with real locations, but where the marks and colors evoke feelings, thoughts, and memories. The words often express feelings of Solastalgia —grief or distress for the vanishing wilderness and environmental destruction. The words also evoke the unknowable, the impermanent, and the immensity of time. The marks on my map-paintings are purposefully ambiguous: dots can be birds, rocks, or stars; lines can be roads, rivers, or the passage of time; pools of color can be clouds or lakes or a mysterious presence. Playing with cartographic imagery, I attempt to convey the unmappable, intangible essence existing beneath the more familiar structures of the visible world.

Karey Kessler

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Karey Kessler | Solastalgia

September 1 — October 1, 2022 First Thursday Art Walk September 1, 2022 5-8pmArtist Talk

Seattle Art Fair | July 21-24, 2022

Visit Shift Gallery – Booth A08at the Seattle Art Fair: July 21-24, 2022Tickets at: seattleartfair.com

Karey Kessler, Anna Macrae, Miha Sarani and David Traylor with William Marsh and music by The Vanity Host | Lost and Found

May 6 – 29, 2021 The May showing at SHIFT GALLERY features artists Karey Kessler,

Karey Kessler | here is the Place

March 5 - May 2, 2020