Ten Thousand Things, Volume No. 45

Ten Thousand Things, Volume No. 45


Karen Kunc


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“My work as an artist/printmaker addresses issues of the landscape and our natural surroundings as direct influences from my Nebraska heritage, my daily experiences and viewpoints in the landscape of the plains and from extensive travel, and as artistic interpretation and contemplation on larger issues of the eternal life struggle, of endurance and vulnerability, growth and destruction. My prints suggest extremes of weather and natural forces at work, a sense of the micro/macrocosm, set against landscape or space, both wild and cultivated, intimate and unknowable. I am interested in the span of time it takes to wear away a canyon, build a mountain, the erosion forces that continually wash onto the plains, forming the earth, and, ultimately, shaping our world. My hope is that these larger concepts are provoked by viewing my work with a poetic and intelligent sense of wonder. My symbolic images are derived from a rich mix of instilled influences, born at home, and greatly expanded and contextualized from seeing life lived the world over, my experiences and past work, and issues in contemporary art. I recognize a host of associations that flow out of my work and are research interests for me - from nature and science, spiritual and religious thought, art historical and modern icons, immigration narratives and native myths.” - Karen Kunc


Blue Heron Press


Language and creative writing


4.25" x 8"


Tacket stitched into bookcloth spine with covered boards


Mixed media: cardboard cover, paper


Pressure printed monoprints, pochoir, collagraph, and letterpress. Various Western text papers, Japanese papers. Wax and other mixed medias.



Other Information

Signed by the artist. This series is currently ongoing and will eventually be a set of 100. More information on the artist and art book can be found here: https://23sandy.com/products/ten-thousand-things-by-karen-kunc

Exhibit Location

This work was featured in the Olin Library as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

Ten Thousand Things, Volume No. 45