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Karen Larson-Voltz
Dearborn, Michigan


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Blue Tape, is from a series of work that investigates photographyís relationship to materiality and the intimacy that discarded vernacular snapshots retain. As found photographs from estate sales and antique shops, these images no longer commemorate the domestic milestones they were once intended for. Instead with their context stripped away, these photographs are liberated from being a document to become self-contained narratives that oscillate between the familiar and the uncanny.

Drawing inspiration from mid twentieth century eye tracking studies, this collages series uses non-photographic materials such as tape, unfolded platonic solids, and gold leaf to symbolize anticipatory reaction, empathy, and disassociation. During the process of creating the collages, my practice moves fluidly between analog and digital techniques. Though my hand allows me to bring the photograph closer, the camera keeps me at bay.

This leaves me to wonder if time is the terrain, my hand is a storm, and the camera might be the eye of Lynceus. When Lynceus traveled with the Argonauts, it was only his eyes that could see through the mountains, under the ground, and depict objects miles away to chart a path through a tempest.





born: 1979



School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, 2010

Wayne State University, BFA


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Detour, Bjarmanes, Skagastrond, Iceland, 2011


selected group shows

Picture Books, Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2014

Juried Fall Photography, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, California, 2013

Open Monument, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, 2013

Touch, Work-Detroit, University of Michigan Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 2010





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