Broken Circle

Broken Circle

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Broken Circle - Children of Divorce and Separation is a collection of photographs and statements from young adults, 18 to 25, who answered my questions:

  • How are you impacted by your parents’ divorce?
  • How does it affect your perceptions, plans, goals, hopes, and aspirations regarding relationships, commitments, and thinking about your own future marriage and children?
  • Often, the participants commented, “no one has ever asked me.”

Given the opportunity, this population has poignant and illuminating observations to share: personal life experience that may help others to understand the unintentional consequences of the parents‘ split.

While not pro or con divorce, the photos and stories in Broken Circle Project provide intimate insights to help legal and mental health professionals guide their clients toward healthier, more holistic family outcomes.

Author/Photographer Bio

Karen Klein is a photographer/visual artist from Sarasota, Florida. She has an MFA in Studio Arts Photography from the University of Minnesota (1988). In 2006, Klein came back to making her art after years in the corporate environment. Klein’s work has been widely exhibited, most recently in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and is in numerous private and public collections, including recently acquired by University of Minnesota’s Boynton Healthcare Collection. Her photography is represented by the State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, Florida. see www.karenklein.comKaren Klein is a photographer/visual artist from Sarasota, Florida. She has an MFA in Studio Arts Photography from the University of Minnesota (1988). In 2006, Klein came back to making her art after years in the corporate environment.

Klein’s work has been widely exhibited, most recently in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and is in numerous private and public collections, including recently acquired by University of Minnesota’s Boynton Healthcare Collection.

Her photography is represented by the State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, Florida.

"My interest in children of divorce began with my personal experience. I divorced in 1980, but only with time did I realize my children had been affected in ways I had not anticipated.  In 1987 I began to explore this subject photographically, collaborating with college students aged 18 to 24 who came from divorced families. I made black and white portraits of each person and they wrote their response to my questions.
 
In 2011, a friend in the process of divorce inspired me to revisit the subject using the same questions.

The result is Broken Circle–Children of Divorce and Separation. Currently there are 50 young adult participants"
--Karen Klein