Klea McKenna uses light sensitive paper to reveal something unexpected about the natural world, transforming familiar elements into abstractions of light and form. She experiments with a number of strategies, including hand-made cameras and outdoor photograms to create images that convey a sense of place that is both visual and emotional. Her rain study photograms are composed outdoors at night in Northern California and near her childhood home in Hawaii.
McKenna was born in Freestone, CA in 1980 and received a BA from the University of California in Santa Cruz and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. McKenna has exhibited over the past decade across the United States, including at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Woodstock Center for Photography, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and an upcoming exhibition at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY.
McKenna lives and works in San Francisco.