Karen's bold and joyful collages may look like paintings, but if you look closely you will see they are skilfully built up using layers of found papers, tissues and acrylic paint. She sees the beauty in simple scraps and ripped edges, accidental marks and worn surfaces.
By simplifying and flattening space with paper shapes, Karen will recompose, conceal and reveal, deliberately avoiding representational clarity. Taking inspiration from the the urban shoreline: weathered surfaces, boats, harbours and docklands, decorative motifs and lettering of foreign lands. A section of text can give clues to the narrative or simply be used for design alone and a brightly coloured paper shape will often dictate the ambiance of a piece.
"I want to capture the memory of a place and the sense of human presence, echoing the passing of time. This is a controlled, yet intuitive, direct approach that allows me a huge amount of freedom to interpret my sketches in a lively and original way." Karen is one third of The Cambridge 3.