Rainbow Bruise

Assembly and EUQINOM Gallery present “Rainbow Bruise,” the first collection of digitally native NFTs by Klea McKenna. In these new works, McKenna composites her handmade, analog photograms to make images that solely exist virtually. In “Rainbow Bruise,” McKenna continues to push the edges of photography acknowledging the shifting chasm between analog and digital life. Like their “IRL” sisters, her digital collages present a confounding blend of evidence and fiction within each image, but here the female body emerges as the subject, with a nod to the early human technologies that enabled the creation of effigies like the Venus of Willendorf. However, her icons are based on artifacts of our era: the shapes of unfolded boxes and the packaging of consumer goods, which resemble hands, nipples and vulvas. They reflect the artist’s experience of “mothering through the soft-apocalypse” and appear at once irreverent and sacred, yet another human paradox for our descendants to decipher.

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Klea McKenna is a visual artist who also writes and makes films. She is known for cameraless photography and her innovative use of light-sensitive materials. Her work is held in several public collections, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; United States Embassy Collection; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. McKenna studied art at UCLA, UCSC and California College of the Arts. She is the daughter of renegade ethnobotanist, Kathleen Harrison and psychedelic philosopher, Terence McKenna. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and their young children.



Founded in 2015, EUQINOM Gallery represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. The gallery is focused on presenting multidisciplinary work that expands the boundaries of photo-based practices. Ranging from the ephemeral to the documentary, the program champions work that is rigorous in process and practice and demonstrates a lively engagement with photo and art histories. EUQINOM Gallery represents their artists and works closely with their clients to create a tailored and thoughtful approach in all relationships. The gallery is proud of its dynamic roster of artists and continues to grow artist practices through a combination of interdisciplinary artist talks, museum placements, publishing and other dynamic career opportunities.