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 textile constructions 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. Using 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 located in the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, 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. Her works have been exhibited by museums, public and commercial galleries throughout North America, in Times Square, New York, hang in private and corporate collections internationally and are featured in “500 Art Quilts” (Lark Books a division of Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.).
Ms. Goetzinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Fine Arts. Since 2004 she has taught at the Ottawa School of Art and is also a tutor to private fibre art students. She is a grateful recipient of a 2012 ARTicipate Endowment Fund project grant and was unanimously elected to the AOE Arts Council Board of Directors in 2013.