For the past five years Karen Hymer, an artist and educator based out of Silver City, New Mexico, has ventured into the world of printmaking – exploring imagery in the form of photopolymer gravures. Her current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Hymer’s richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. The decontextualized close-ups of the body and decaying plants reveal a poetic beauty in these often-over-looked subjects.
Her experience and technical interests are wide-ranging. Although “trained” as a photographer, her approach to image making explores the blending of photo-sensitive materials, digital media, printmaking and encaustics. She offers workshops in Photopolymer Gravure printing and private consultations for digital color management and fine art digital printing.