Karen Miranda Augustine
Karen Miranda Augustine is an artist, writer and experimental videomaker. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and the UK at venues such as Galerie SAW Video, Mayer Fine Art Gallery, the Images Festival and Ed Video Media Centre. She has been published and cited in a wide range of books and publications, including The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts (Cleis Press), The Art of Reflection: Women Artists’ Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press), Conjure Art Quarterly and Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press).
Formerly, she was the founding editor of At the Crossroads: A Journal for Women Artists of African Descent (1992–97), editor for the now defunct MIX: independent art & culture magazine, beloved CKLN 88.1 FM radio host of BASS: Black Afrikan Sistuhs of Soul (1992–2003), and a poet who had opened for Philadelphia recording artist Ursula Rucker, prolific scribe Dionne Brand, and dub poet Lillian Allen.
In 2004, she recorded "Sapphire" for the jazz/poetry compilation-The New World Reveal-a-Solution (Urbanicity Recordings), produced by Chicago DJ Shannon Harris. Three years later, her piece- Miranda and Child (RaRa Rah), a mixed-media self-portrait on her feelings of hope and grief in the wake of her partner's death was awarded third place at the CRUX juried exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia. Since 2008, she has been publishing POSSESSION: All that is sacred in contemporary art: an artist-driven e-zine where pop culture, spirituality and social issues intermingle.
Born in Toronto, and raised in Scarborough public housing, Karen Miranda's creative projects explore sexual, metaphysical, class and countercultural themes. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University.
Ms. Augustine is of Dominican and Kalinago Indian descent.