My developing art practice explores the connection between memory, place, and belonging. My creative practice is informed by my vulnerabilities, and through the personal reflection of family relationships, care and comfort, and grief and bereavement.
My work often incorporates craft practices passed down from my mother, my grandmother, and my maternal ancestors. Since becoming a parent myself, I have gained a deeper understanding of what it means to both provide and receive care, patience, and love. I seek to push the boundaries of my art practice by examining attitudes toward artists who are also mothers, beyond just cis-gender women or traditional views of what motherhood is. The inclusion or exclusion of children in art spaces, the challenges of providing and seeking childcare, and raising children while working are all key aspects of my research and practice. I am currently examining ideas of “home” and what that means to me, while building toward the creation of a series of interactive online installations. I will navigate these concepts in the form of both traditional and new media, and explore the intersections that I discover along the way.
As Karen’s project for the FARR program evolves, we will be updating this page to showcase her developments. Check back here and follow us on our social media to catch all the updates.
Here is a sample of some of Karen’s past work.