Karey Kessler creates map-paintings that contain ideas about physical places, but also spiritual, internal, and temporal spaces as well. They explore the entangled ways in which our minds, time, and place are deeply interconnected.
Kessler's work is in the flat files of the Pierogi Gallery (New York City) and is included in the books: The Map as Art (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), by Kitty Harmon and From Here to There: A Curious Collection From the Hand Drawn Map Association (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). Her art was also published in The Embodied Forest (ecoartspace, 2021) and in Le Paysage est une traversée (Editions Parentheses, 2020).
In early 2022 Meta Open Arts commissioned her to create a mural at the Meta Reality Labs in Redmond, WA. In 2020 her work was included in Time Sensitive, at the Broto: Art-Climate-Science convention (Provincetown, MA, online due to Covid-19) and in 2019 she participated in the SciArt Initiative Bridge Residency. Kessler has shown her work widely, including exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum (PA), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), the Tacoma Art Museum (WA), and the Bellevue Art Museum (WA).
From 2018-2020 Kessler had a temporary public art piece, A Path of Wonderment and Connection, along the new Rainier Valley Greenway in Seattle, Art Interruptions 2018. And an installation on the Tacoma Tollbooth Gallery in Tacoma, WA.