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k a r e n   o s t r o m

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Sometimes the characters you create speak to you in a different
voice then you remember, and there is implied in this new tone
a certain demand. In giving into this demand you acknowledge
something far greater than anything you could ever imagine
on your own.
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Bio in brief

     Karen Ostrom is a cross disciplinary artist working in photography, installation, video and animation. Her work with linear and non-linear narratives has been developing for many years under the umbrella project Holiday in Hope, a fictional fishing village where the characters, all played by Ostrom, are defined by their labour or profession. Initially meant to be metaphors for the human psyche, the characters, over time, began to take on a life of their own initiating project content and direction.  
     Ostrom has received Canada Council for the Arts Grants, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She is the recipient of numerous residency fellowships, including MacDowell, Instituto Sacatar in Brazil, Fundación Valparaíso in Spain, and the Elizabeth Foundation in New York City.
      Her work with photography and visual narratives have been installed, exhibited, and performed in museums, galleries and festivals throughout North & South America, and Europe, including the Liverpool Biennial, Bring to Light; Nuit Blanche on the Brooklyn waterfront and CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. 
     The first phase of The Lacemaker's Secret, an animation project conceived in Brazil at Sacatar, debuted at BRIC Media in Brooklyn in July of 2017.
     In 2019 five poignant projects from the Holiday in Hope series were featured in the exhibition Prisma at the Museu de Regional Artes in Feira de Santana, Brazil. Installations that filled 4 rooms of the museum brought together work spanning 20 years. This semi-survey of her work was titled Real Illusions. 
Karen Ostrom, Tintype animation, American tintype, tinsmith, early process photography, digital vs analogue,
Curriculum Vitae
The Tinsmith, 2015
Animation still from Animated Tintype 
Looping digital animation
Text by Joy Tomasko, Voice of Tinsmith by Fernando Pinto
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