MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2015
Artist StatementOn the east side of Baltimore is magical world of water, marshes, trees, birds, fish, light and sky. It’s a world protected from rising sea levels, climate change, pollution and development—a neo-Romantic tidal marsh that only exists in my dreams. The Tidal Dreams series blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. The images in the series were photographed at the Black Marsh Natural Area outside Baltimore on property once owned by the Bethlehem Steel Company and used as a private executive. It was later donated to the state of Maryland. Despite being surrounded by an industrial, urban environment, Black Marsh is considered one of the finest examples of a tidal marsh on the upper Chesapeake Bay. It’s a landscape that time forgot. Black Marsh is a reminder of what this endangered landscape, which is home to many species of birds, fish, and native plants, was like prior to industrialization, and what could be lost. The images in the Tidal Dreams series are printed on translucent vellum and backed with white gold or silver leaf. This process adds a magical quality of luminosity and depth to each one-of-a-kind print.
Karen Klinedinst is an artist using photography to explore themes of place, nature and the environment. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Her landscapes have been exhibited widely, including: Massoni Art Gallery, Fleckenstein Gallery, Y:Art Gallery, Adkins Arboretum, Maryland Art Place, Soho Photo Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and the Biggs Museum of American Art. Her work is in the collection of the National Park Service, and numerous private collections.
She was a 2004 Platte Clove artist-in-residence at the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development, and a 2006 National Park Service artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. In 2015, was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.