“The proper use of imagination is to give beauty to the world…the gift of imagination is used to cast over the commonplace workaday world a veil of beauty and make it throb with our esthetic enjoyment.”

–Lin Yu-Tang

name change

Hi everyone -

Important announcement to let you all know that I have switched to operating under my maiden name, Karen Kinney, in my public art career. My website is now karenkinney.com, and this replaces the old url (which was karenkangart.com).

My art email address has also changed to reflect this, as well as my blog address, instagram, and twitter handles. Here is all the new contact info:

website: karenkinney.com
blog: karenkinney.wordpress.com
email: karen@karenkinney.com
twitter: @karen_e_kinney
instagram: @karen_e_kinney

If you have me bookmarked anywhere or have my contact info on file, please update to reflect these changes – thank you!!

moving stuff around

I’m in the process of moving my studio back home. But this time, the moving involved includes cleaning out things at home and moving a few items to a storage space in order to make room for all the art stuff that will be returning again.

I’ve always been against storage spaces in theory…why in the world would you spend money to house stuff that you’re not using out of sight somewhere? But, this time it has become necessary, in part because we live in 600 square feet of space, and working from home at the scale that I now do just requires more room than it did previously.

However, even though in general we live pretty high on the simplicity scale (small living quarters, one car, few possessions, etc.), I still noticed the dynamic of “stuff” today. It seems that all day was spent moving “things,” whether from home to storage, or from the studio to home, or from the above spaces to the trash bin. And at some point you stop and think, “What am I doing and how much energy should my stuff really take?” Moving material, inanimate objects, none of which really contribute to vitality in life, starts to feel a bit senseless.

And it is especially senseless when you realize that living in such a mega-consumeristic culture effectively blocks us to the access we have to real abundance, which is often a spiritual thing and always an inner thing, and certainly not something you purchase. I really think that the degree to which you live in a consumer culture directly corresponds to the degree to which your access to real things is blocked.

So, I don’t know. Stuff will always be there and is, in some primary ways, unavoidable. But it seems the less time spent managing/maintaining/fixing/improving it, the better.


“This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”

From “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)”