Karen McCoy’s video installation Light and Shadow explores how we experience particular places, and conditions, by amplifying and intensifying ordinary phenomena. McCoy examines combinations of shadow, light, wind and their interplay on surfaces such as walls, floors and plants with elements that are so woven into the fabric of the everyday that they generally go unnoticed. The pieces in the Light and Shadow series were made during a number of long walks and the subtle observations encourage contemplation and careful listening for the viewer. Karen McCoy typically works in sculpture and has an extensive resume of public works and gallery exhibitions that explore the relationship between nature and culture, the body, and language systems. She created this project at Kala while on sabbatical from her teaching position at the Kansas City Art Institute.