Buck-Mackintosh, Karen

Artist Statement:

Working in photography, printmaking, and mixed media, I draw inspiration from my personal environment and relationships in a manner that is often cathartic in nature.  I currently reside on a rural property north of Argyle, Ontario.

I shoot digital and analogue film photographs.  The camera is a tool to explore day-to-day observations experienced within the moment.  My current ‘Obsolecere’ project records the structural beauty found within the demise of local, historical barn architecture, as agricultural technology changes.

My photography also incorporates the cyanotype iron salt process pioneered in the early 1840’s. Contact prints are made using enlarged transparency negatives. The emulsion coated paper is exposed to sunlight and processed as a distinctive, monochrome blue.  I have worked with portrait, bone, snakeskin, water, snow, tree, and snake rail fence subject matter; composing forms of tonal contrast.  The rural fence series explores the boundaries used to delineate property ownership; intending to keep others out while maintaining a sense of security.

Mixed media appeals to my interest in the tactile qualities of materials, juxtaposing edges, and exploring concepts of inherent symbolism. My intention is to visualize the impact and residue of interrelationships to better understand our nature and potential.

Karen Buck-Mackintosh graduated with a B.F.A. with Distinction from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick in 1981. She received her B.Ed. from the University of Toronto in 1984. Karen was an Art Educator for 27 years.

Buck-Mackintosh has been a practicing artist working in photography, printmaking, paint, and mixed media for the past 38 years. Her work draws inspiration from her personal environment and relationships in a manner that is often cathartic in nature.

Karen Buck-Mackintosh’s recent solo show ‘Familia Threads’ was exhibited at the Kawartha Art Gallery, Lindsay, ON in 2019 and at the Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto, in 2020.  Her previous solo show ‘Deer Work’ was exhibited at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, ON in 1995. Karen has received three Ontario Arts Council Grants and has exhibited in numerous group and juried shows, including the ‘RMG Exposed’ juried photography auction in 2017 and 2018.

Buck-Mackintosh’s work is in the collection of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON; The Owen’s Art Gallery, Sackville, N. B.; and private collectors in Canada and the United States. Her photography has been published in O.S.S.T.F. Education Forum.

Contact Info:   www.buckmackintosh.com

                        buckmackintosh@gmail.com

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