Karen Nielsen's is a multimedia, recording, visual, and performance artist. Her albums have charted in the top 30 on the CMJ college music charts. Her video, print and performance artworks and installations have been seen at Pop International Galleries, Picture Farm, The Natural Wine Company Gallery, private collections and this July will be at The Watermill Center. The breadth and depth of her music, dreamlike video installations and performances have been likened to such artists as Bjork and Kate Bush.
While she was going through her medical training to become a physician, she needed an expressive outlet for the very demanding and emotionally difficult experiences. So she learned to write and record music. In 2014 she began to design her own art installation videos for her live music performances. Her still art works are a tangible amalgamation of her moving and recorded art. Her work focuses on the multidimensionality of being human in all it's beauty and ugliness and on that other consciousness of dreams that processes these human struggles.
Currently Karen is working on a visual, musical and interactive performance piece for DELIVERANCE about that space as we drift from dreams into consciousness. She is collaborating with the Digital Arts Department at the University of Connecticut designing and developing interactive software to change the space and environment of the performance as commanded by the conscious and subconscious activities of the perfomers and the audience. The performance becomes a waking dream fully alive and expressed in our conscious time.
Karen is also working on a multimedia installation project which focuses on the current trend of labeling people with different backgrounds or identities from our own. The project breaks down the barriers of labels that divide us and exposes the core of our sameness. It will show human connection without labels or phobias. But it also forces the question of our perceptions of others.
Karen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She went on to medical school at Michigan State University and is also a practicing physician in NYC. In many ways, her seemingly disparate career in medicine is intertwined and serves as a source of support and inspiration for her creative work.