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Karen Hackenberg 78 PT

Trashed Living on the shores of Discovery Bay near Port Townsend, WA, Karen Hackenberg 78 PT has been exploring the tenuous balance between nature and human encroachment for 25 years. Her acute awareness of escalating environmental stress has led to a widely exhibited series of paintings called Watershed (now available as a limitededition artist’s book), along with a wonderfully obsessive series of matchstick and other sculptures made from synthetic waste. “The discarded objects found littering the edges, cracks and seams of our natural world provide evidence of our collective consumer amnesia,” she says. This spring alone Hackenberg’s work was on view in Seattle, Olympia and Mount Vernon, WA.

Spencer Finch MFA 89 SC

Loving Light As the only artist commissioned to create work for the new National 9/11 Museum, Spencer Finch MFA 89 SC resolved to recreate the sky on the day of the tragedy. To do that he painted 2,983 individual squares of Fabriano Italian paper a different shade of blue—one for each person killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. On the other side of the Atlantic, Spencer Finch: The Skies can’t keep their secret continues through September 21 at Turner Contemporary in Margate, England.



RISD XYZ Spring/Summer 2014  

Rhode Island School of Design alumni magazine

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