A visual artist based in the Midwest, Kari Laine grew up in an artistic and artisan family.
As a child, she explored the river, streams, and woods of Wisconsin’s countryside, and she now draws inspiration from ghost stories, mythical figures, and the spirits of the land that surround her family home and studio. Through glass-plate photography, Kari explores the possibility that small, found objects—seemingly insignificant and often overlooked, viewed as trash or junk—can be remade through a story that gives them agency, a kind of power or voice. This, she hopes, will encourage the viewer to walk softer on this earth, to have more intelligent and sustainable engagements with vibrant
matter and all living things. Kari Laine is currently a MA Visual Critical Studies
Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on glass-plate photography and ecological sustainability. www.karilaine.com