Karen Garrett de Luna



  • 2011

    'The Illuminated Body' grew out of my initial fascination with the way that scars and other imperfections on the skin act as souvenirs, portals to the past imprinted on the body of the present. Exploring the intersection and interplay of touch and sight, 'The Illuminated Body' is a series of embossed, monochromatic self-portraits that reveal both visible and invisible illnesses and injuries as seen on the skin, while focusing on the fragility and resilience of the human envelope.


  • 2010

    "Ning Ning" is an interactive swarm of LEDs that reacts to both stillness and motion. Installed in a corridor or along a path, "Ning Ning" invites viewers to sit and stay a while, encouraging quietude by piquing the interest of passersby with dynamically choreographed LEDs masquerading as flirtatious lightning bugs.

    Fireflies are magical. In some cultures they are thought to represent fallen stars or the souls of the deceased. As an indoor/outdoor installation, "Ning Ning" brings the...

  • 2010

    "Heavenly Bodies" is a series of monochromatic images revealing an imagined intersection of inner and outer spaces. At once cryptic and obvious, the images of bodily and stellar landscapes map the intimate relationship of the personal to the archetypal. Close-up images of freckled skin meld with satellite images of distant stars and galaxies to expose the beautiful and mysterious connection between macrocosm and microcosm. Part of a larger series unveiling the relations between the...