Karen Hochman Brown

Karen Hochman Brown makes mandala-like works that begin with photographs that she then spins and adorns into digital prints mounted on aluminum. Layer upon layer of detail come together to make one image. She meticulously alters light and shadow to create an illusion of depth. In many cases, dots are added for emphasis and direction.

As a child in her mother’s garden, Hochman Brown recalls how flashes of color and light dance as she holds her first kaleidoscope up to one eye, closes the other, finds a source of light, and the rest of the world disappears while she endlessly turns.

The artist uses light to transform broken bits of colored glass into symmetrical rays. In some works, identical triangles recede and create vibrant and sometimes momentary, fragile patterns. Precision is always required.

Hochman Brown uses computer software and hardware to replace the simple handmade kaleidoscope of her youth. She turns, layers, and spins her photographic reflections, brightly illuminated by her computer monitor. No longer restricted to a three-way reflection or a flat mirror, her artwork plays in the realm of infinite images.

From one of her photographs, the artist pulls out metaphorical “broken bits of glass” and turns these into her own kaleidoscopic imagery—spinning, nudging, and shifting these flecks of light, and becoming “lost in the endless dance of color, light and shape.”


For more information about the artist, please visit her website.