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Karen Dana

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Artist's Statement

I depict tension in close relationships; I am interested in evoking dramatic encounters about family gatherings, relationships, power and desire.

With recurring motifs I group a number of paintings to form one piece. Through differences within the parts I build clues that provide a certain kind of information blending them together to form a new entity. The parts remain separate but not, and their co-existence in the same work generates ways of decoding the whole arrangement in a continuous reconfiguring of associations.

In summary, my interest in human relationships and the psychological interactions between subjects functions as a transitive metaphor. In parallel to that interest, the language of my work resides in the links of motifs within and between paintings and objects in space, and the tension that is built among all of these elements.


Born: Mexico City, 1982.
Lives and works in New York
M.F.A Painting, Hunter College, CUNY, New York
XV Bienal de Pintura Rufino Tamayo (Painting Biennial) Mexico.
ChaNorth Residency, Chashama Pine Plains, NY.
Elected for curator Anthony Huberman’s Walkthrough - Hunter MFA Thesis Show, New York
Selected artist for an Open Critique with artist Jo Baer, The Artist’s Institute, New York
Joan Jonas Choreography Workshop, Hunter College, New York
Panelist, Artist talk No eyes viewing wall: Brooklyn Zen Center, Brooklyn
Fellowship Program Jóvenes Creadores FONCA, CONACULTA, México.
Teaching Assistant, Graduate Combine Media Seminar in new media, Hunter College
Time In, The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative
Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate 2D Seminar, Hunter College
Guest Speaker, Intro to Color Theory, Hunter College
Lecture, Meet the MFA's, Hunter College