Corruption by Karen Kunc

The poem Corruption is by Srikanth Reddy, used with permission, from his book Facts for Visitors (University of California Press, 2004). He weaves oral recitation into speculation on manuscript traditions and the inevitability of ephemeral life. Artist Karen Kunc is the calligrapher, papermaker, and bookmaker, using images all derived from her ink drawings on found book pages. The physical layers of ink over stain residue creates in effect a palimpsest, offering a poignancy and dry humor to the eternal cycle.

The images are printed from photopolymer relief plates onto handmade cotton paper with pulp painting. The plates and the handset type are printed letterpress on a Vandercook SP15.

Published by Blue Heron Press at Constellation Studios, Lincoln, Nebraska, in fall 2021.

Artist Bio

Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’. Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she has taught since 1983. Awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous private, public and university collections. She has taught workshops nationally around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland, Spain; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions. In 2014 she opened Constellation Studios as a creative work-site for print, paper, and book, inviting artists for residencies, workshops, collaborations, exhibitions.