Cara Foster Karim

Somerville, United States

Cara is an oil painter and mixed media artist living and working in Somerville, Massachusetts. With a background in urban planning and...

I primarily create paintings using newspapers printed in a variety of different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. I glaze and tint the newsprint before cutting it up, soaking it in water, and painting it onto my canvas; and then glazing and painting over it some more.

I use this process to depict layered cities of skyscrapers, sidewalk scenes, or urban bridges; each covered in text representing different languages. My desire is to show that immigrants from around the world are an important and beautiful part of our cities, communities, and neighborhoods. In my work, the built environment reflects and represents the diverse peoples who live in it, create it, and give it meaning.

  • Joined: July 2019

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