Artist Statement

Photographer Karen Shacham and artist Mike Carpenter have come together to produce three large-scale photo murals of same-sex couples. The black-and-white photos have been painted along with the wall space around them in a mural that reflects the environment, as if the people in the portraits are trying to “fit in” to the surroundings.

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Artist Bio

Karen Shacham is a photographer specializing in portraiture, conceptual, and documentary photography. She was recented awarded and Idea Capital Grant for her “Couples” work. Shacham has shown her work in fine art galleries and earned a combined academic and artistic photography fellowship in 2009. Her website is

Michael Carpenter is a local artist and carpenter who works with multiple mediums. He is also the founder of MDC Interiors, a business that provides creative concepts and artistic solutions for clients’ needs. Carpenter is a Masters of Industrial Design candidate at Georgia Tech, expecting to graduate in 2014. His website is