Obsessive, meditative, intuitive, and repetitive cuts form patterned passageways and shadows that invite the viewer to become part of a surreal space, allowing you to be seen and unseen in the same moment. In Betwixt, the viewer is revealed and concealed at the same time, and for an instant you may become part of the in-between. Kari considers her creative act as “drawing with the blade”- her cuts in these large-scale words create a unique language animated by lights, shadows, and the movement of people.


Kari Achatz is an artist who lives and teaches in Buffalo, NY. Kari holds a B.S in Art Education and a minor in painting from Daemen College. She also holds a M.S in Art Education from SUNY Buffalo. Kari has been teaching visual arts since 2009, and currently teaches at Nichols School. Kari works primarily in photography, often hand cutting and layering her images, calling the finished works “photo sculpture.” She has exhibited throughout the WNY area including CEPA Gallery, Hallwalls, The Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Lipsey Architecture Center of Buffalo, and The Tower Gallery at Daemen College. Kari is in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, as well as several private collections.