© Klea McKenna, Artifact #1, 2017. Courtesy of EUQINOMprojects (San Francisco)
Klea McKenna, Artifact #1.
Courtesy of EUQINOMprojects (San Francisco)
McKenna continues to push the boundaries of photography by subverting the traditional use of her medium with new work that reveals intricate photographic reliefs of textiles. Fraying fibers and unraveling embroidery imprint their flaws onto the photographic paper in crystalline detail. These threadbare fabrics act as surrogates for the very bodies that made and wore them. McKenna’s incisive explorations of broken patterns record the story of each subject through its imperfections. She depicts these ruptures in the landscape and material culture as allegories for human emotional experience.