Karey Kessler

I make gouache and watercolor paintings using the visual vocabulary of maps to create a network of memories, emotions, and thoughts about the environment, time, and the cosmos. Map imagery gives me the freedom to depict more that what can be seen – it allows me to link psychological terrain with man made and natural landscapes. I use the language of cartography to organize things that don’t usually fit together on a grid in neat systems - I depict oceans and forests but also places that are wordless, outside time, or personal. A line on one of my maps might begin as a network of roads and then turn into traces of passing time, the light from stars, or simply paths from Here to There. The same lines and dots on a “real” map would represent a very specific location, but in my maps, they represent and emphasize the impossibility of pinning down an ever shifting reality.