The work in Karen Hackenberg's exhibit "Vented Totems" began during a one-month residence at Centrum, where she made bold black and white charcoal drawings of the rooftop structures at Fort Worden. In her artist's statement, she discusses how old Fort vents and chimneys can take on narrative postures. She notes, "By focusing on the abstract visual relationships of these rooftop dwellers, I examine the idea that the objects we design and live with reflect how we see our position in the world."
In addition to her work as a visual artist, Hackenberg is a participant in the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. To view more of her work, click here. (Image on right is Border Crossing, charcoal on paper, 25 x 25.)