Artist Spotlight: Karen Prosen

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How would you describe your art? 

Absent-mindfulness patterns paired with uninformed experiments on shading and the female form.

When did you understand that you wanted to pursue art? Tell me about this discovery.

Unfortunately, not until I was in college when I started with photography. I credit Ralph Giunta and Troy Ansley with teaching me to use film cameras that led to years of independent study on light and composition. It was a really special time in my life. Truthfully, before that, I was never really encouraged to express or create. I’ve since made it a point to share any of my skills with at-risk adolescents. They need art more than anyone

Where might a piece begin? How might a piece take shape?

I typically see flashes of patterns when my eyes are closed and have recently been dreaming about things I’d like to draw. I typically find an image of the type of woman that I’m attracted to, to create the foreground. A finished piece never ends up how I imagined it to, however!

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Charmaine Olivia, Ryan Hewett, Rachel Urquhart

Tell me about the wildest piece you’ve done.

I’m thinking probably this intricate stenciled patterning of bears that took me foreverrrrrrrrrrrrr!

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why? Tell me about the project you two would create.

There is a young film photographer from Moscow named Alex Mazurov who tends to leave a lot of space in his images. I’d love to input patterns into the backgrounds of his photos!

Are you working on any new projects?

I just got over a huge blockage by trying oil painting for the first time! So I’m currently teaching myself to translate my style of shading into painting with color. I expect a series of portraits in the next coming months!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Only, thank you.

Karen Prosen is a 25 year old Northern California based photographer/artist (flickr.com/k_air_en), hypnotherapist (karenprosen.com) and graduate student. She has been taking photos for seven years and began sketching only two years ago. Her primary mediums are film and micron pens. She loves thai food, headstands, naps and wants to see your art too!