Through the use of map imagery, Karey Kessler explores her inscape, or internal landscape of time, place, and spirituality. Her work concerns issues about the environment, layers of geological history, the vastness of the universe, and the fleetingness of each moment. She arrived at using map imagery while getting her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Kessler has recently exhibited her work at the Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PA) and the Tacoma Art Museum (WA). Her work is also included in two 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).
She also had the opportunity to create two temporary public art installations. In one installation, A Path of Wonderment and Connection (sponsored by the SDOT and Office of Arts and Culture), she put my maps with inspiring phrases onto the sidewalk along the Rainier Valley Greenway. The other installation, once there was wilderness HERE (sponsored by Space Works Tacoma) includes one of her map-paintings, enlarged, printed on vinyl and wrapped around a Toll Booth Kiosk in downtown Tacoma.
Karey is a member of Shift Gallery in Seattle and enjoys being part of an ongoing project, CoDraw Seattle where drawings are passed among a group of artists who meet on a regular basis.