Karey Kessler

I am honored to be invited to show a site-specific piece, Portable Homeland at the Inscape Arts and Cultural Center Gallery, January 2018.

I hope you can join me at the opening reception: Thursday, January 4th, 5-8pm.
Other gallery hours for the show: Fri. Jan. 12th from 12-3pm and Sun. Jan. 14th 2-5pm or, by appointment.
If you can't make it in January, this is a work in progress and I plan to create another three to four feet of this map before showing it again in May/June in the A Gallery in Pioneer Square. That opening will be on May 3rd, 5-8pm.

To prepare for this installation, I began reading about the history of the Inscape building on the website. The building was originally built by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the early 1900's to process immigrants entering into Seattle and to detain up to 750 people at a time who would not be allowed to enter the United States. In 2008 the building was renovated and converted into artist studio spaces. I began thinking about my own family's experience of immigrating to America in the early 1900's and being processed at an immigration center on Ellis Island, NY. But what particularly resonated with me on the website was a definition of the word "inscape":
 
Inscape. noun [in’ska¯p’] The essential, distinctive, and revelatory quality of a person, place or object; the distinctive, dynamic design that constitutes individual identity, especially as expressed in artistic work. 
 
For my installation, A Portable Homeland, I use the imagery of a map, unscrolled on a table, to explore my inscape, or internal landscape of time, place, and spirituality. A place "beginningless and boundless"; a time "between what was and what will be"; a "mysterious unknown".