Karen Hunter McLaughlin

“My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same”
– Walt Whitman

The artist shares a history with her quickly aging father. Our mortality, our ancestors, and a deep connection to our shared past, are all explored in her latest work. The spontaneous yet corrosive properties of rust, along with actual family photos dating back to 1865 in Philadelphia, capture the disintegration of life, family line and traditional feminine place.

“I’m proud of my collaboration “One Year” with fellow member artists, Janice Hayes-Cha, Brenda Howell, Julie Mann and Kimberly Mehler. One Year was a huge multi-year project (despite the name) culminating in several ambitious art installations at the Painted Bride and the sanctuary of the Rotunda on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The project was financed in part by several Leeway Foundation Art and Change grants.“

Images and more info about One Year. Read the Art Blog review.


Karen is also a website design and developer under her company- KM Digital Design. She designed and administers this site.