Karen David UK, b. 1976


Karen David is an artist, curator and lecturer, currently completing a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Worcester with a studio focus on fictional narrative, communes and para-anthropology. She lives and works in London where she is a Lecturer in Painting at London Metropolitan University.


Karen David's practice examines themes and notions of science fantasy and new age with reference to the domestic. Materials such as tie-dye, marbling, crystals, architectural diagrams, meditations cards and The X-Files, are collapsed with altermodern treatments into hybrid objects that traverse through history, place, characters and genres.


Her research has taken her to the Southwest American Desert to explore its landscape and mythologies and to inform an ongoing project of a fictional artists' commune where residents investigate links between color field painting, new age memorabilia and new possibilities in gardening.