I am a visual artist based in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota. I create mixed-media figurative paintings to reveal stories of the quiet, solitary, and widely misunderstood side of human existence. My process begins in a raw and intuitive manner by combining narrative and abstract elements with realism. I work through a complex layering technique that mirrors themes in my work of estrangement, disintegration, and resilience. Portraits cast as reflections in windows and figures in desolate surroundings are slowly rendered while the early layers remain visible, quietly speaking through the work. Though my work is from a specific personal experience, it is important to me to allow the viewer to have their own dialogue with my work. Fragments of my paintings are left abstract and unspoken to spark a continuous dynamic, allowing the viewer to be receptive to possibility.

-Kara Hendershot

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