Seven moves within a seven year period of time can have a profound effect on anyone but for Artist Karen Goetzinger, who experienced those relocations to Wisconsin, Minnesota, upstate New York, and her current home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the result has been the flood of inspiration behind her most recent series of work entitled, “Vanishing Point.”
Known for her finely detailed mixed media works that are influenced by her roots in quilt making, couture construction, and her life-long passion for the urban landscape and architecture, Goetzinger captures urban life through the perspective of treasured but fading memories. Often using a painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop, she sketches, with thread, the imprint of urban landscapes on individual memory. Each artwork is intentionally without figurative elements thereby allowing the viewer to become the city’s human element, in solitary interaction with the landscape and their personal narratives and fleeting memories.
Mike Taylor, program director of the Trinity Art Gallery and LaLonde +Doyle exhibition space located in the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario was quoted as saying, “It’s the multidimensional approach that makes Karen’s work pop. She is meticulous in her composition; she has a terrific understanding of tone.”
Her work also includes an on-going site specific installation piece “A State of Transparency”, comprised of large pieced, machine and hand sewn, white sheer organdy panels, which was first shown at the world’s largest art prize competition, ArtPrize, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and recently by invitation at the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf. Her works have been exhibited by museums, public and commercial galleries throughout North America, in Times Square, New York, and hang in private and corporate collections internationally.
Ms. Goetzinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Fine Arts. She has taught at the Ottawa School of Art, by invitation in Australia and New Zealand, and has also been a tutor to private fibre art students. She is a grateful recipient of a 2012 and 2016 ARTicipate Endowment Fund project grant a 2016 Ontario Arts Council exhibition grant, and a 2017 Canada Council for the Arts travel grant. She was unanimously elected to the AOE Arts Council Board of Directors in 2013.