I'm MK. I live and make art in Guilford, CT.
For all of us, each moment is an act of creation in which we construct our understanding of the world around us. I am deeply interested in this process of meaning-making, and with the thoughts & emotions that images evoke as we relate them to ourselves, strive to find our own place within them, and work to understand the changing world we live in. My art explores themes of the beauty and complexity of the natural world, of its fragility, of humanity, and of personal strife and growth, as I too seek to understand the world in which I live, and my place within it.
I was born in Texas, raised on the Canadian prairies, and have lived in the dramatic desert of the American Southwest and in the bustling cosmopolitan cities of Montreal, London and New York. I’m now nestled in the hills and hollows of New England on the Connecticut shoreline.
For much of my adult life I have been a student, scientist, and professor of psychology, which at its root asks how we perceive and understand the world. I've studied babies, exploring how we humans (wee humans) make sense of the world at the most basic levels, absent the interpretive lenses of language and culture. (My scientist website is Babies are amazing creatures — beautiful, deep and immensely complex, with rich inner lives — and they are working hard every waking minute (and many sleeping ones as well) to understand their world. Perhaps it is my extended observations of babies' intense commitment to understanding the world that sparked my interest in how we all go about doing so.
I'd love to hear from you — if you're interested in my art, curious about my process, are a fellow artist, or for any other reason.
Bachelor of Arts, McGill University
PhD in Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science (Emerita), Yale University
(And here's my Yale scientist page, with links to my research publications)