Gallery and blog for the art of Kara Hammond


Labor Savings, part one


Man on a drop-frame bicycle converted to an exercycle, 1918.


I noticed the gym recently installed new motion sensor activated doors which I don’t have to use my new found strength to open, a fact I felt compelled to mention to the clerk at check in. I’ve often wondered about our devotion to labor saving devices coinciding with our dependence on exercise machines and gym classes. If only we could kill two birds with one stone and make our exercise routines useful in completing necessary tasks while we work out, like riding an exercycle to work.

 In our aerobics class, we do an exercise called the “hay baler”, where you hold a weight and lift it from the ground diagonally over your head, repeatedly. Sometimes I wonder how many animals I could feed doing this, which I don’t have to do because I drive to the store to buy the machine fed, raised, slaughtered, packaged and shipped creature whose flesh is one of the reasons I’m doing “hay balers”.


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The Drive




Graphite on paper, 22″ x 22″, 2013


During the regular course of taking my child to school and running errands, I drove 605 miles last week. It seemed like an inordinate amount of time and miles for what I was accomplishing. I was beginning to feel as if my car was another appendage, an interstate mobility prosthesis that gave me not only super-human strength and ability, but was beginning to alter the spots where it contacted my body. I feel as if my body might actually begin to resemble a car seat, if it weren’t for the trips I’ve been taking to the gym, which I drive to.

 There are many things our technologies promise, mostly making our lives easier in some significant way, but we seldom examine what we give up for that promise.


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Temp Space



“Wall Street Office”

24” x 32”    oil on canvas     2006

For those in the DC area, I will be sharing a small studio space at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, through the end of June. You may find me working in there on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am – 2:30pm, if you’d like to visit.

Top floor, north corner, room 303.