I use photography, animation, video and installation to create narrative structures that invite the viewer to infer alternate narratives based on contradictory or paradoxical conditions. Humorous and melancholic, the work is an exploration of inference, the psychological spaces in between, and the gaps in our language where we communicate.
Karen Ostrom is a Canadian born Brooklyn based artist working in photography, installation, video and most recently, animation. She is the recipient of MacDowell Colony Artist Fellowships, 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. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the Liverpool Biennial and Bring to Light; Nuit Blanche on the Brooklyn waterfront. Most recently she was nominated and selected for an Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts residency in New York City.