Karen Miranda Augustine

ritualistic pop artist


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Karen Miranda Augustine, baby photoKaren Miranda Augustine is a Canadian mixed-media artist and writer whose works have exhibited in Canada, the US, Haiti and Scotland.

Karen Miranda has been published and cited in various books and publications, including Caribbean InTransit Arts JournalThe Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts (Cleis Press) and The Art of Reflection: Women Artists’ Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press).

Formerly, she was the founding editor of At the Crossroads: A Journal for Women Artists of African Descent (1992–97), editor of 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, writer 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) was awarded third place at the CRUX juried exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia.

Karen Miranda's creative projects ride on the confluence of pop culture, spirituality and the underground. Born in Toronto, and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, she is of Dominican and Kalinago Indian descent. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University.

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