Corinne Geertsen’s father was a psychologist who discussed his work at the dinner table. She had scholarly beginnings in science and had several student research grants from the American Cancer Society involving genetic mapping. Both psychology and science inform her artwork. She acquired an M.F.A. in drawing and painting at Brigham Young University, later studied Photoshop and saw how working digitally dovetails nicely with the way her mind works.
Geertsen’s pictures are quirky visual narratives about psychological situations. She creates them digitally and prints them herself in small editions on archival photo paper. They are digital photomontages, which fuse old family photos with her own present-day photographs and paintings. The characters are usually family ancestors. She is on a constant photographic scavenger hunt, outfitting her creations with backdrops, sidekicks and belongings.