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Karen Baldner
Bloomington, IN

www.karenbaldner.com



Heimat
girdle book, handmade paper w/ embedded maps, wire, horse hair sewn into raised cords; wooden boards covered with leather; text: stamped/stenciled; images: lithography
5" x 4" x 1" with 11" girdle skirt
2005

   



Wit(h)ness
girdle book, handmade paper w/ embedded horse hair, twine, sewn onto raised cords; wooden boards covered with felt; images: digital; text: blin printed on letterpress from 42 pt Bulmer Italic and 42 pt Courier
6" x 5" x 1" with 12" girdle skirt
2008

   

Karen Baldner grew up in West Germany and completed her formal studies in the US with a Masters degree in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Karen has taught printmaking, papermaking, drawing, and book arts at the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville, Bucknell University/ Pennsylvania, Indiana University/Bloomington, St.Mary's College of Maryland and currently teaches book arts, papermaking and drawing at Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work is inspired by the dynamics of life’s paradoxes and explores themes related to the Holocaust, addressing issues of victimization, empowerment, identity and memory . It is based in a variety of media ranging from large scale drawings, installations of handmade paper structures, collaborative installations, experimental book structures and small editions of artist books. The book format allows Karen to encapsulate ideas within intimate interactive structures while remaining consistent with her vocabulary of drawing and handmade paper. Her collaborative work has addressed the building of community between marginalized identities, such as "The Bloomington Breast Project" ( an on-going collaboration with her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana) and "The Jewish/German Dialogue Project" (an ongoing collaboration with Religious Studies scholar and friend Björn Krondorfer) where she appropriates visual language as a catalyst. The Jewish/German Dialogue Project explicitly uses the artist book format as it’s platform because the book is rooted as a positive icon in both Jewish and German cultures.

To view more of "The Jewish/German Dialogue Project" to which both the girdle books belong please visit the web link: www.karenbaldner.com/the-jewishgerman-dialogue-project.html



Karen Baldner's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts

Racism: An American Family Value
 Organized by: Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Artist, Teacher, and Independent Curator; and Alexander Campos, Executive Director of The Center for Book Arts.
Mix & Match
(2000) Ink drawing
Karen Baldner: Witnesses
 Featured Artist Project organized by Alexander Campos
Fat Little Book or The Plight of Plenty
(2003) Handmade paper sewn onto double raised cords with wooden boards, text: hand stamped, stenciled, images: lithography
German/Jew
(2004) Book structure; handmade paper casts with stenciled text and embedded twin
Heart
(2003) Pigmented handmade paper with text stencils, letterpress printed from polymer plates, image: lithography
Heimat
(2005) girdle book, handmade paper w/ embedded maps, wire, horse hair sewn into raised cords; wooden boards covered with leather; text: stamped/stenciled; images: lithography
Homo Sapiens Sapiens
(2003) Piano hinge binding, pigmented handmade paper with stenciled text and embedded human hair
Human Traces
(1990) Pamphlet binding with horse hair and quill, handmade linen paper, pencil
Intimacy
(2004) Pigmented handmade paper with text stencil, letterpress printed from hand-set lead type and polymer plates
Mix & Match
(2000) Ink drawing
Obituaries/Nachrufe
(2004) Collaboration with Bjorn Krondorfer, french door binding, acrylic, mirror, handmade paper, cloth, horse hair, wire, sand, text: trasnfers, images: digital
Open My/Your Wound
(2007) Maze book, digital image and text, slip case, wrap-around cover, handmade paper,
Pax Omnibus Res
(2002) Pamphlet binding with horse hair and quill, handmade acaba paper, pencil, ink, wash
Pushmepullyou
(2007) Collaboration with Bjorn Krondorfer, piano hinge binding with horse hair, pigmented, shaped handmade paper, text: hand stampe, stencil, transfers, digital, images: digital, linocuts
Stacks
(2004) Pigmented handmade paper with text stencil, letterpress printed from polymer plates, image: lithography
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
Open
(2005) Handmade paper, bleached and pigmented abaca with stenciled text/image printed from polymer plates
2002 Artist Members' Juried Exhibition
One-Liner
(2000) pamphlet binding in drop box, handmade jute paper, pencil

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