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Born in the Bronx, Karen was influenced by the New York art scene in the 1980s. She apprenticed
under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was motivated by her work practice. Karen received a BFA in
painting from Syracuse University including a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK,
creating photograms under the same professors as Gilbert and George.
Karen has designed window displays for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores, and major music
labels and fashioned licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax,
Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.
“I start with what interests me, not just ideas, but the relationship between ideas. Figures are not only
in a physical space but a psychological one as well. From a pictorial standpoint, compositional
organization is paramount."
“I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media.
I've worked in all these areas professionally and draw from their current trends. My artistic process,
allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive statement and image.”
Currently, Karen is active in the Los Angeles Arts scene, exhibiting frequently including, The Other Art
Fair by Saatchi and Solo Exhibitions at DNJ Gallery and UCLA, pushing the boundaries of conventional
black and white photography, producing large scale, life-size, one-of-a-kind photograms, exploring
themes of religion, politics, gender, parenting and life in Los Angeles. She has also bent the norms on
the traditional “rectangle on the wall” by creating unique, 3D modular art.
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