Karen’s creative practice moves between media encompassing sculptural work in textiles, drawing, video, performance and installation.
Recent work explores how language and cultural stereotypes constrain behaviour and shape societal responses with particular attention to sexuality and body image. Sometimes humorous and/or disturbing – for example the idea of a woman who is literally ‘all legs’ – form is given to words making real what is expressed verbally, highlighting meaning and through humour and surprise diffusing the ability to hurt and control.
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