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.
Karen DavidSleepless (Season 2, Episode 4), 2018Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper with Gold LeafH 30cm x W 21cm H 12" x W 8½"
Karen DavidThis Is Not Happening, Luminous Lemon (Highest Intellect), 20181 litre tin of wall paint with pyrite crystal and patchouli oilH 12cm x W 12cm x D 12cm H 4¾" x W 4¾" x D 4¾"
Karen DavidLazurus (Episode 15, Series 1), 2017Giclée print on archival paperH 40cm x W 30cm H 16" x W 12"
Karen DavidPure Reason Tint of Violet (Love for Humanity), 20141 litre of wall paintH 12cm x W 12cm x D 12cm H 4¾" x W 4¾" x D 4¾"
Karen DavidBlue Clouds Rolling (Devotion to a Noble Ideal)1 litre limited edition wall paint