Born in Illinois, I grew up immersed in the world of living history and artistic pursuit while participating in reenactments with my family. Creativity was a way of life for me, but experiencing the duality of time--myself in the present interacting with the past--thrilled my youthful curiosity and fired my imagination. I wanted to live in that in-between place, and so I did, soon finding my first passion, paper ephemera. The collection I cultivated took on a life of its own, and my business, Ephemera Obscura, was born. It influenced the trajectory of my artistic path, leading me back to the place where my art first emerged, the in-between place at the intersection of the past and the present, entwining many paths into the one that is fully my own.
I also give talks for Atlas Obscura on strange history such as Victorian Mourning, Victorian Spiritualism, Disaster Tourism and more.
Kari Bergen (Denver, Colorado)
Professional Affiliation: Ephemera Obscura
Medium/Style: Mixed Media Assemblage Art, Jewelry and Collage
Accolades and Exhibitions: Oddities & Curiosities Expo, Haunted America, Raw Artists, Atlas Obscura Events
Collection Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ephemeraobscuracollection/