Innovate, Meditate, Radiate

Karen Amy Finkel Fishof

1986 - Ongoing

City of London, England, United Kingdom; New York, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States

By pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, I produce large scale, life size, one-of-a-kind photograms, using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before.

Photograms provide the medium I need to tell my stories. Through them, I can express ideas about society and mass media. I love the creative process of these works, from the exposure to the development. The magic of seeing the image appear when the photo paper is placed in the chemistry, knowing it was a moment captured with no negative. I relish the anticipation in the darkroom of seeing how various objects live in the light and how light wraps around them and capturing that living dance on 2D, still, photo paper.

I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. The photogram process, the way I'm doing it, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive image statement.

Photograms are a kind of camera-less photography. I consider it drawing with light. It gives me the strong imagery and narrative, with hidden subtleties. Unlike conventional photography, each piece is a one-of-a-kind, like a painting.

All persons and objects serve a double role. Not only are they instruments in imagery, but also declare a statement about the medium itself. We are forced to recognize a new aspect of the person or object touching the surface, the form itself.

There is a presence that remains of the people and objects, sort of like when you see the hand prints on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame". You know that the person had physical contact with the paper, unlike conventional photography or portraiture.

The work also makes one cognizant of the relationship we have with objects. We almost always have an object in our hands, whether it be a phone, pen, fork, cup, remote control, gun, bible or flowers. We are dependent on them and they define us.

Recent Photograms depict my journey into adulthood exploring themes of religion, parenting and life in a Los Angeles community.

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  • Election Day - photogram - 130"x84" - on wall to show scale

  • Election Day - photogram - 130"x84"

  • Absolut Finkel - photogram - 64"x80" - on wall to show scale

  • Absolut Finkel - photogram - 64"x80"

  • Amen - photogram with china marker - 80"x64"

  • Moonage Daydream - photogram with Xerox print - 100"x64"

  • Boy - photogram 64"x80"

  • One Day - photogram with acrylic paint - 64"x80"

  • Protest - photogram with Sharpie - 64"x100" - on wall to show scale

  • Protest - photogram with Sharpie - 64"x100"

  • Room 7609 - photogram with photographic inks and acrylic paints - 130"x28"

  • Girl Giving Boy Flowers - photogram - 130"x120"

  • Portrait of David Fishof - photogram - 80"x80"

  • Mom - photogram - 80"x40"