Karen Oser Edmunds (b. 1945, New Orleans, LA) earned an MFA in visual art from Vermont College in 2005 and a BA in psychology from H. Sophie Newcomb College in 1967. She spent a year (1965-1966) at the University of Paris studying art and psychology where she was introduced to Art Therapy and the idea of art and healing. As a consequence, while in graduate school she studied the work of Louise Bourgeois who successfully mined her psychological trauma through her art. Edmunds twice participated in Bourgeois' famed Sunday Salons. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2012 Edmunds saw it as an opportunity to put into practice the theory of using art to take control of physical and psychological trauma. Her work has been shown in: New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maine and Ohio as well as in New Orleans. She has recently moved her studio from Bywater to Arabi.