Gallery and blog for the art of Kara Hammond

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Indespensible Equipment

Too Real

About the Work

The idea that we live in rapidly changing times is nothing new. Often, the introduction of new technologies has upended the existing order. The advents of electricity, the light bulb, and the telephone, just to mention a few, have all fundamentally altered the way people lived and saw the world. Having to adjust to rapidly changing times is an exciting, if often unwelcome part of the human condition. The characters depicted in my drawings are in the midst of such times.



With ‘disruptive technology’ a current buzzword, where new or emerging technologies rapidly overtake the old, questions arise about the adoption of powerful new tools for which the promise and the outcome are often quite different.

Let me tell you about morality.

As we trade durability and dependability for convenience and speed, we may feel we are being unceremoniously ushered into an era of unintended consequences. While we may not fully comprehend these consequences, it behooves us to step back and assess our direction, and acknowledge our anxiety, while we celebrate our new global connectivity.

Did You Say something

All works are ink wash on watercolor paper, with original text.

Now showing with Drew Parris,

at The Associates Gallery, (TAG) 3rd Floor

Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

through May 21, 2016.

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“The Hand Speaks”: Opening April 26 in The Associates Gallery – TAG – A Preview


The Associates Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is proud to present work of Kara Hammond and Drew Parris in an exhibit entitled: “The Hand Speaks.”

Beyond what each artist possesses in their innate mastery of the craft of drawing, these artists’ work exhibits an ability to take the simplest of materials – pencil, ink, and paper – to create singular instances of human presence, with a strong sense of beauty, wry humor, and emotional depth.

Recently juried into the Torpedo Factory, TAG newcomer Drew Parris is primarily self-taught in the medium of graphite drawing. His subjects often family and friends offering the viewer a unique emotional connection to his work. Kara Hammond will feature new ink wash drawings each a unique narrative vignette, reminiscent of a graphic novel.

The Associates Gallery, Studio 311

The Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA

April 26 – May 22, 2016

Open 7 days a week

"...if I sing it to you."

Ink wash on paper, 22″ x 15″, 2016


"...if I explain it to you..."

Ink wash on paper, 11″ x 15″, 2016





And by Drew Parris – “Pale Sun”, graphite on paper