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About Ken

Ken Girardini has been a full-time artist, living and working in Carroll County Maryland for more than 24 years after leaving CSC at NASA Goddard. With his wife Julie, they design and create functional metal furniture and designs for the home. Ken's Patinated Steel Painting was selected to be part of the 25th anniversary exhibit with sister city Kanagawa, Japan, and he has received three Maryland State Art grants. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Embassy of the United States in... more

Photo Sculptures

Layered and sculpted imagery on aluminum panels with objects.

  • Jefferson's Tree

    Jefferson's Tree (cherry tree and Jefferson's monument)
    Bringing together two iconic images of our Nation's Capital: the Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms. Growing through time brings new cherry blossoms each year, but while we move through time it is important to remind ourselves of the lessons of the past.
  • Begin and End

    Begin and End (acorn to oak)
    Nature is our beginning, our end, our entire life-whether we tend to it or not. "Begin and End" reminds us that great and powerful things, too, start small.
  • Rebuilding Democracy

    Rebuilding Democracy (inspired by the Washington Monument)
    In light of such turbulent times, it is important to remember why America was founded. In order to maintain our freedoms, we must take another look at what a democracy is--and rebuild ourselves stronger with each passing year. Stronger, better, without losing freedoms.
  • Gantry

    Stumbling on a scale-model of the Saturn V rocket that I built as a teenager, I photographed it and decided to use it in my work. This iconic rocket form took us to the moon in a spectacular show of technological and human achievement, only to leave us wanting more. The gantry is laying down because we have left the task unfinished. Image printed on industrial felt overlaying a steel wire form on painted aluminum. 25" x 25" x 3"
  • Reflected Glory

    Reflected Glory (inspired by Washington Monument)
    The piece's purpose is outlined in the title: Reflected Glory. Made to remember a man who helped build our nation into freedom. Layered imagery, acrylic, and metal additions on aluminum panel.
  • Digital Virtual

    A home, (our home?) hangs in the balance above linear demarcations line window blinds. Outside an ominous figure of digital origins and unreadable text peers in. Imagery and acrylic on aluminum with wire and cloth. 48" x 36" x 4"
  • View From Orbit

    Inspired by the spate of beautiful images from the International Space Station, this "View from Orbit" is my abstract interpretation of the portal view that most of us can only dream of seeing in person. Acrylic and imagery on Aluminum 40" x 24" x 3"
  • Branching Path

    Clean blocks of metallic forms hover above a horizon of evening-like shadows. The bottom form holds fields of tilled copper rows while the larger top form, nearly devoid of color, glows with painted intersecting lines. Above the lines floats an image of fallen leaves and branch reflections in our pond. Connecting it all, and rising in graceful arcs, a steel and copper wire sculpture emulates the form of a dried and curled pine branch. Acrylic and imagery on Aluminum with welded wire 48"x 36"x 2"
  • Lines on the Road

    Lines on the Road
    Inspired by the joy and potential mystery of what a road trip can be, the idea of "the journey" over the destination. Layered imagery, acrylic, and metal on aluminum panel.

Portraiture

Portaits; layered imagery and acrylic on aluminum panel.

  • Aarti 1

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Metropolis One Aarti

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Lyndsay L

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Zoe

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Blue Doll

    Inspired by all manner of art in Japan, Ken did a series of portraits featuring Japanese dolls. They each evoke a feeling, each have a personality, just like us.
  • Raven Doll

    Inspired by all manner of art in Japan, Ken did a series of portraits featuring Japanese dolls. They each evoke a feeling, each have a personality, just like us.
  • Memories Past

    Inspired by all manner of art in Japan, Ken did a series of portraits featuring Japanese dolls. They each evoke a feeling, each have a personality, just like us.

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