KARLA J. HACKENMILLER
Born in Stacyville, Iowa
A graduate of the University of South Dakota (M.F.A., 1997) where she studied with Lloyd Menard, Hackenmiller was the Assistant Director of Frogman's Press and Gallery in Beresford, South Dakota and taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney before assuming her current position at Ohio University in Athens. The print editioned during her residency (March 25-28, 2002) belongs to a series infusing the Ten Commandments, which "offer us some guidance in defining who we are and who we hope to be" with a secularized psychological perspective on identity formation. "The New Commandment" series provides a means to play with ideas of identity and personal objectives. A person's sense of self can change on a regular basis, which in turn causes a reassessment of goals, aspirations, and priorities," explains Hackenmiller. Rather than relying on conventional Christian imagery to explore these highly personal directives, she relies on her own language to communicate the mystical beings and rituals of Catholicism that have fascinated her since her childhood in Northern Iowa.
New Commandment: Wisdom
2002; color intaglio and relief on Mulberry Paper; image: 23 3/4 x 18 (58.42 x 45.72), sheet: 30 1/4 x 22 1/4 (76.2 x 55.88); edition of 25