This lecture will take place in Fine Arts 015.
Karen Oremus was born in Montreal Canada. She has worked as an artist, curator and educator in Australia, Canada, the United States, Italy, England, Germany, China, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Middle East. She received her BFA in Printmaking, with a Minor in Roman Archaeology at Concordia University in Montreal Canada. She later studied Painting and Printmaking at the Academia di Belli Arte di Roma, (Academy of Fine Arts in Rome), Italy, and completed her archaeological field school at the University of Warwick in Coventry England. Karen graduated with an MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, in Philadelphia. Oremus is currently in her fifteenth year working as an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. She is responsible for the establishment and development of the first printmaking studio and printmaking discipline in the nation’s capital on the Abu Dhabi campus and contributed to the establishment of the College in her previous tenure as Assistant Dean. Oremus merges traditional printmaking with new technologies.The conceptual exploration of matter, energy, mind and spirit, and their interplay immersed in the experience of the ephemeral have been key foci within her creative practice. Her art aims to map out unknown locations through imagined cartographies, which conceptually depict utopia, heaven, paradise or other realms that we know about through some description but cannot actually arrive to. Her most recent work, Circumventing Obfuscation, consists of two and three-dimensional artworks incorporating an array of print media, as well as animations that are incorporated into an augmented reality meta work. These works engage the audience to observe biological phenomena that would otherwise be perpetually invisible, and inspire them to have faith in the invisible. Oremus has exhibited her work in the Museum of Seljackih Buna in Croatia, Xi’an Art Museum in China, and Japan’s Kyoto Art Museum. Oremus is the recipient of the 2017 Guanlan Print Prize, Guanlan Printmaking Biennial, in Shenzhen, China.