Karli Ann Henneman grew up in Idaho and began modeling overseas by the age of 15. She spent her teenage years primarily in Japan, before starting her art education in Paris at Parsons the New School for Design. She transferred her studies to New York and got her BFA from Parsons in Fine Art. During this time, she worked as an intern with fashion designer DVF and installation artist Lisa Hoke. After graduating from school she created an art workshop for children in Rwanda, with Rwanda Works. The mixed media workshops provided the materials for the children to express themselves as individuals through an array of artistic outlets. Upon her arrival back to the United States, Karli relocated to San Francisco, where she split time between modeling and creating large-scale abstract paintings. After being accepted to NYU’s Art Therapy program she returned to New York City to study again. This element of her life merged art making along with psychology. Karli’s current body of work embodies conceptual ideas of self-perception and identity. She pulls images from popular culture, and fashion magazines, and vintage images from LIFE loaded with strong emotional content. By deconstructing faces, she intends to create a shell for the viewer to find themselves in her work. The mixed media collages are created on top of her vibrant abstract paintings. The vibration of text, colors, paint, textures, and deconstructed images provide a stimulating visual journey.
Into the Universe
We are part of this universe; we are in this universe; but perhaps more important than both those facts, is that the universe is in us. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Into the Universe,” the recent body of work by Karli Henneman, is inspired by the organization she finds in nature, outside of this atmosphere, and inside the social constructs of her culture.
Karli began this series on a scavenger hunt. She spent over a year deconstructing discarded books and magazines. The more and more faces she cut and appropriated into her paintings shifted her definition of the “stranger” and the “celebrity.” These faces became less identifiable and more universal. “Human cartography” built the landscape of her work.
As Karli integrates the paper collage into her paintings, she finds inspiration in what naturally occurs without the use of paintbrushes. Pouring/dripping the paint and letting the materials warp and crinkle evokes an organic sense of decay (which she finds quite beautiful).
Iridescent paint with shiny beads and threads echo the colors in her work. The pieces change in different types of light, from different angles, in different times of day. The threads come alive and respond to the wind or person walking by them.
As this body of work progressed, her inspiration elevated from the organization and decay on Earth, to the cosmos… filled with infinite colors, textures, relationships, and occurrences into the beyond.