Karen Goetzinger is a mixed media artist who currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Fine Arts from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 in both private and corporate collections internationally.
She captures urban life through the perspective of treasured but fading memories. Often using a painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop, she will sketch with thread and paint 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.
Ms. Goetzinger has taught at the Ottawa School of Art, by invitation in Australia and New Zealand, and has also been a tutor to private 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 grant. She was unanimously elected to the AOE Arts Council Board of Directors in 2013 and is currently serving as vice-president.