Karen Bell is a photographer and book artist and a lifelong New Yorker. She has photographed the environment for many years in all phases of existence—full blush of beauty and shortly after major disasters. In every effort she has sought the particular beauty, the hope, the future of what she was seeing.

She earned an M.F.A. in photography from RISD and has taught and lectured on photography and video at numerous institutions. Karen has been on the faculty at The New School, teaching photography for 16 years. In 2005 she started teaching photography workshops at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Fellowships include Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where she currently holds the position of Chair of the Fellows Council. Bell has received grants from Women in the Arts for video editing, and from The New School to create a video about two unsung photographers. Bell’s photographs and artist books are in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Ellis Island Museum of Immigration among many other public and private collections. Her photographs, hand made books and videos have been exhibited throughout the US, Australia and Israel.

For Humans Death is a loaded subject. What about death in the natural world? Birds. Insects. Is there a mourning period? Is there awareness of loss? During her residency, Bell plans to continue to photograph and scan dead bugs, birds and other elements while attempting to answer these questions.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist