They are lost as soon as they are made (no. 17), 2015-2020
archival inkjet print, edition 1 of 3
30.5 x 38.1 cm (unframed)
35.6 x 43.2 x 3.1 cm (framed)
Courtesy of the Artist
Karen Zalamea’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted in photography and critically considers methodologies, materiality, and modes of presentation. She uses photography as a tool to think through themes of identity, memory, and uncertainty. They are lost as soon as they are made is a series of works that Zalamea began during an artist residency in Iceland. Zalamea photographs the Icelandic landscape using an analogue film camera and lenses made of ice. The work explores the camera and its optics as a site of experimentation, the perimeters of vision, and the possibilities of the landscape to reveal and deliver its own image.
Zalamea has exhibited at venues such as Access Gallery, Vancouver; Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver; Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, North Vancouver; and Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, amongst others. Her projects have received support from the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and she has participated in artist residencies in the Philippines, Iceland, and Canada. Zalamea lives and works in Vancouver.
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