Kara Hendershot is a mixed-media figurative painter based in Lowertown, St. Paul, MN. She has been an active participant and volunteer in the biannual St. Paul Art Crawl since 2004 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Paul Art Collective. She has also served as a Board Member of Altered Esthetics Gallery in Minneapolis, and as a mentor for Free Arts Minnesota, an arts healing program for abused children.
Hendershot actively exhibits her work, including The Absent Hours, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI (2014); Estrangement: Behind-the-Scenes, Northern Warehouse (2013); Primer, Morrison Gallery, Morris, MN (2013); In the Genes, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL (2012); Moments Extended, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2011); and Slices of Life, Normandale College, Bloomington, MN (2009). She received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2013. Hendershot’s work is included in numerous individual private collections locally and nationally. It was featured in Studio Visit, a national juried publication, in 2013 and 2010.
Conversations: Kara Hendershot Open Studio Visit and Exhibit (April 22, 23, 24 2016)
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.