Karen Hymer is a visual artist from Tucson, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Photography from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Medford and her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Art in Photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Hymer actively exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Recent venues include The Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ), The Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, CA), Soho Photo Gallery, Site Brooklyn, Alex Ferrone Gallery, The Washington Print Foundation (Washington, DC), The Center for Photographic Arts (Carmel, CA), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), and Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA). Her work is in several public collections, including the Center for Creative Photography and the Polaroid International Collection. Recent awards include Grand Prize in Solarplate 2016 Alex Ferrone Gallery, Rfotofolio, Choice Award; Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Forum Grant Recipient; Arizona Commission for the Arts, Fast Track Grant; andThe Encaustic Institute, First Place Award.
Although “trained” as a photographer, Hymer’s approach to image making explores the blending of photo- sensitive materials, digital media, printmaking and encaustics. She offers workshops in Photopolymer Gravure printing and private consultations for digital color management, workflow and fine art digital printing.
Hymer’s current work explores the effects of time on the human body and natural elements from the Sonoran desert. Utilizing muted earth tones and subtle hand coloring, the richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow. These visual “remnants”- decontextualized close-ups of the human body and remains of plants and animals- reveal a poetic beauty in often-overlooked subjects.