These Times
2020 Virtual Members' Exhibition


Karen Viola

Born in Canada, Karen is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and resides in White Plains, NY. She has extensive experience designing innovative children’s books, and now runs her own business, Climbing Tree Studio. Her art practice is ever-unfolding, as is her love of long walks in wild places.

What the Sea Has Seen

This book is a graphic synthesis of a self-guided study of chattel slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. It is a 400-year timeline that displays total numbers of enslaved Africans embarked on ships. Each removable vessel card contains key historical details for a 50-year period. The accordion pocket structure is made with responsibly-sourced, organic cotton and natural indigo, recognizing that the histories of both cotton and indigo production are inextricably linked to the slave trade, the growth of our global economy, and a legacy of inhumane practices that sadly continue to this day.

3.25" x 6" x 1.25" closed
Balsa wood, upcycled vegetable netting, Epson Claria® ink on paper, acrylic paint, organic cotton, and natural indigo