Today I’m thrilled to share the newest addition to our Attributes column: photographer Kari Herer. I raved about Kari’s rich, tactile still life photographs last year. Since then, she’s created several new series that combine illustration with lush, colorful blossoms. I’m not surprised to see a couple cameras depicted her, and it was a real treat to read the stories behind some of the more mysterious objects in her portrait. Thank you for participating, Kari!
Monarch: We used to hatch monarchs under our kitchen table when I was a child. I remember watching the striped caterpillars turn to chrysalis and then into butterflies. It’s one of my fondest memories and someday I would like to visit the Monarch breeding grounds in Mexico.
Letterpress: The texture of letterpress warms my heart.
My Mother and Father: This was taken in Milwaukee en route to a wedding expo.
Ceramic tools: I spent many years working with clay and porcelain
Ceramic bird bone: Art piece that I made this during a residency in Massachusetts.
Dried Protea: I always keep dried flowers around my studio.
Collection of moss
Ceramic ear made by Richard Notkin: This is one of my favorite art pieces ever given to me (this is close to the size of my thumbnail). Because of Richard Notkin, I always ask myself after completing a project, “How can this be better—is it perfect?”
Ceramic heart, by Alica Mordenti: This ceramic heart fits in the palm of my hand and reminds me of my health. It’s a symbol to keep my heart healthy and strong. I took up running when I was 25 and haven’t stopped. It’s my healthy addiction.
Nest found on my doorstep
Tools I use for my illustrations
Emerson Made flower: My favorite accessory.
Pentax Camera: First camera that my mother gave to me in high school.
Peony: My favorite flower.
Archie Bray Coin: I have held onto this coin reminding me of a very special carefree summer spent working at the Archie Bray in Montana.
Ceramic Bones: Art installation that I created as a ceramics major.
Tea bowl: This tea bowl was given to me by the artist Lee, Hun-Chung. I drink out of it when I need to calm my thoughts.
Dried Magnolia: This magnolia was dried on my studio floor.
Starfish: I keep many gifts from the ocean that I have collected through the years including rocks, sand, and shells.