Utilizing layers of mixed media, which often includes hand stitched thread, Karen Goetzinger expressively marks the imprint of time and place on individual memory. Each artwork is intentionally without ﬁgurative elements allowing the viewer to become the human element, in solitary interaction with the abstract landscape and their own personal narratives and perhaps ﬂeeting memories.
“The Bones Series consists of intricately hand-cut works on paper. They are images of map forms that are simultaneously representational and abstract in design. These minimalist pieces are less about the lines of the physical destination that recorded measurements and directions and more about bridges along a mental journey of recorded personal memories. They are a vision of a habitat in its purest condensed form, the ‘bones’ of a city, giving indication s of space and scale, but also acting perhaps as an anchor or a memory placeholder.
Both GPS and physical maps provide us with navigation instructions. At the same time they clearly show the imprint on the earth of the towns and cities we live in. Strip away the architecture, the traffic flow, the lights and sounds of a place, and street maps present an abstract skeleton of a city, upon which all else in built – including our memories of places lived and places visited.” – K.Goetzinger, 2019
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Fine Arts from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has taught at the Ottawa School of Art and by invitation in Australia and New Zealand. She was appointed to the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture, and Heritage Investment Program Steering Committee and was unanimously elected to the Arts Network Ottawa Board of Directors in 2013, and is currently serving a second term.
Recent recognition for her work includes a 2016 exhibition award at the Shenkman Arts Centre LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space in Ottawa, Ontario; an invitation to participate in the 2017 Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf in Quebec; as well as 2016 and 2017 grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Her work is exhibited by public and commercial galleries throughout North America, and has been shown in exhibition spaces in China and Australia. It also hangs internationally in private and corporate collections.