MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2015
Artist StatementAll of us have a deep connection to places and landscapes from our past and present. Through our memories, we see these places not as they are, but through the filter of emotion. My recent work explores the emotional qualities of landscapes where I feel a deep connection. Although I see these landscapes through a filter inspired by 19th-century Romantic landscape painting, I create my images with the very 21st-century technology of the iPhone. Using my iPhone gives me the ability to capture what I see, and to process and manipulate images in the moment. I often stitch several images together, and add layers of texture and color—all on my iPhone. The iPhone gives me the ability to “plein air process” my emotional response to the landscape and create a neo-Romantic world reflective of my imagination.
Karen Klinedinst is a landscape photographer from Baltimore. She graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Since 2011, she has been using her iPhone exclusively to photograph and express the landscape. Her landscape iPhoneography has been exhibited regionally and nationally, including: Massoni Art Gallery, Adkins Arboretum, Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, Maryland Art Place, Soho Photo Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography and the Biggs Museum of American Art. She was a recipient of a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.