Opening: Ouroboros - Art and Writing

Opening: Ouroboros - Art and Writing

Featuring selected works from:
Karen Kinney
Krista Machovina
Melanie Mandl

The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail…In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself... he slays himself and brings himself to life
- Carl Jung

In this exhibit, 3 artists demonstrate the cyclical creative process of writing into art and art into writing. 

Karen Kinney’s series of small drawings were created while writing her first book, “The Reluctant Artist,” coming out this June. The drawings are a visual departure from her recent work, and represent something new being birthed at the same time she was beginning to express herself through writing. Although not included in the book itself, their creation helped inform the writing and vice versa. The two expressions are energetically connected and together, represent a return to beginnings. In addition to her large-scale installation, mural, and smaller scale collage work, Karen has a background in social work. 

Krista Machovina focuses on the book she is writing which delves into the wisdom of vintage survival manuals and informs healthy adaptive behaviors in the face of personal dysfunction and distress. Her visual art pieces emerged as deeper exploration of the book’s concepts, which in turn fed back into areas further explored in the writing. Her education and experience as a mental health counselor and art therapist influenced this series.

Melanie Mandl’s work illustrates the interdependency of image and narrative. It is difficult to extract which comes first, the writing or the visual art. Although the writing and art could stand independently, they are richer combined. Mandl has a background as a Director, Production Designer, and Stop-motion Animator.

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Keystone Spring Open Studios

Keystone Spring Open Studios

Once again, our diverse group of artists open their studio doors. Keystone Art Space has over 50 artist studios featuring painting, illustration, printmaking, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.

Free and open to the public on April 29th, from 6-10pm.

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