Karen Ristuben  
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2011 Artist Statement


My art practice is my every day. I work in a coastal community where, every day, the health of the ocean reflects our larger, global marine issues. Environmental advocacy at the core, I am interested in creating a place of contemplation through multi-media artworks - photography, video, sound, performance - to intersect and expand the efforts of scientists working on issues of ocean contamination and public health. Disentangling complex information, predisposed toward the sublime, and creating research whose beauty resides in the moment when message and medium converge: these are my offerings. Maybe, with knowledge, we generate more porous boundaries among the stakeholders who determine how we inhabit the earth.