Karen Osdieck is an accountant by trade and a visual artist by passion from a small suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois. At a young age, Karen learned the importance of documenting family from her father. While pursuing her undergraduate and masters degree in accountancy, Karen took photography classes at her university to fill a creative void. She borrowed her dad’s “fancy” 1980 Olympus and learned how to shoot in manual, develop film, and print images in the darkroom. Since this time she has been continuously been learning the medium.
As an artist, Karen draws inspiration from her personal life. She uses photography to document intimate moments that contemplate truth, identity and relationships. Karen’s work focuses on navigating complexities during varying stages of life and examines human behavior while searching for meaning. Karen aims to normalize the stresses of motherhood and the unglamorous side of suburban childhood to transfigure the everyday into something noteworthy.
Karen has been published in several publications and has been exhibited in galleries and shows.