Better Balance

by Karen Brummund

In early August, Scott Crosby reflected on the practice of balance in both American and Chinese landscape paintings. Drawing out how two different times, cultures, and styles share a similar human longing. Balance as a practice rather than the subject resonates in my own studio where I’ve largely spent time wrestling with the tension of un-balancing grids. This week I’d like to share a selection of artworks by CIVA artists who draw out many sides of balance. I hope you will allow these images to soak your experience with wisdom that is better than gold (Proverbs 16:6).

Out of Nothing Do, Karen Brummund, 2020, Video installation
SALT, Sigrun Gunnarsdottir, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 65” x 55”
Untitled, Alissa Massey, 2019
installation, house paint, backpacks, 10’ x 10’
Untitled, Dayton Castleman, 2019, Drawing Collaboration
Creating in His Image, Ginny Payne, 2018, artist book, 8” x 10 5/8”
Moeity, Olga Lah, 2018, paper, cellophane, mixed media, netting in collaboration with artists from ECF Art Center
Origin, Ronnie McClure, 2016, Pigmented inks with Prismacolor pencils on rag, 37.5” x 25.5”
Aurea Lux, Jer Nelson, 2016, Silver and gold mylar sheet, fishing line, lead weights, oscillating fan
Chaos Monde, Matthew Whitney, 2019,
watercolor and graphite on paper, 36” x 25”
Untitled, Justin Sorensen, 2011, gold leaf on rock
Power, Grace, Wisdom, Wonder, Steven Felix-Jager, 2018,
Oil on Wood
“Things that are in place, and things that are out of place”, Cherith Lundin, 2018, An exhibition, including three artworks (“Drawing Devices,” “Not the proper way to contemplate this wholeness/divisions in earth and sky,” and “familiar, unbidden”)
Monument 05, Scott Kolbo, 2020, Acrylic, Ink, Charcoal, Colored Pencil, and Graphite on Paper, 22” x 23”
Reading Chairs, Kara Patrowicz, 2019,
Watercolor, embroidery, felting on vintage fabric, 10” x 10”
my little world, Pierce Cruz, 2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 36″
Soon and Very Soon, Chris Dant, 2019, Archival Inkjet Print, 40” x 32”
Domestic Totem, Jeremie Riggleman, 2016, Plastic, concrete, foam, & paint, 86” x 10” x 32”
150 miles from home – Cullman, AL – 3rd St NE, Michael Largent, 2017, digital photography from the work “Every 50 miles: GA to CA”
The Colors of Me, Vanessa B. Cruz, Animation/Mixed Media, 6:58 runtime

Karen Brummund is an installation artist who works with video, architecture, and the environment. A selection of her work can be viewed at

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