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Artist to present new work at book signing

Hackenberg looks at changing environment

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Artist Karen Hackenberg will sign copies of her new book, containing full-color photos of some of her original artworks, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Port Townsend Art Experience at 236 Taylor St.

A selection of her new iPad drawings are on display at the gallery.

This new book features a significant portion of Hackenberg’s work, in which “I take a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, and a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of imaginary post-consumer creatures of the sea,” Hackenberg writes.

Hackenberg’s book — co-designed by Murray Lemley of Amsterdam — includes essays by herself as well as Dutch artist Riet van der Linden and Canadian Art Review author and journalist Christopher Mooney.

The monograph was published in full color at LenoirSchuring in Amsterdam. Three versions are available: a soft cover with dust jacket, a uniquely designed articulating hardback, and a limited-edition box set with a signed print.

“The strength of her art lies in the balance between medium and message and the ultimate unity of style, form and content, in which even the titles play a role,” wrote van der Linden. “In that sense, Karen Hackenberg’s paintings are no less than perfect images of an imperfect world.”

Born in New Jersey and raised in rural Connecticut, Hackenberg developed her first connections to the natural world on the shores of Long Island Sound, the release stated. She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and moved west after she graduated.

She has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries around the Northwest and across the nation.

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