A reference to David Bowie’s alter ego Aladdin Sane …I have represented The Babel fish, from the cult book and series – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy it has a purpose of translating any language when placed in the ear of the person. This painting shows the light and dark side of life…the babel fish being suspended and sent to the darkside to bring light and awareness and wisdom….the dark side is represented by the babel fish turned feral, where once they had the opportunity but instead went to the dark side of ignorance and conspiracy. My fabulous man in the centre aka Aladdin Insane ( a lad insane)…is proferring a grenade fashioned into a mirror disco ball with a happy face emoji attached…the choice is explosive.
About the Artist
Karen’s style is expressionism-distortion, inspired by artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Modigliani and Picasso. She has collectors locally, nationally, and internationally over her 20-year art career.
Expressionism isn’t for everyone and I enjoy the quirky, unusual and weirdness of life which I think you can see in my work. In my early years I was a punk and that mentality still sits with me the non-conformity etc. I want to make people talk, sometimes shock but mostly smile and laugh when they view my work. You won’t find me painting landscapes I need to have an opinion.
This drive for bucking the system stems from her love of punk music and her thirst for the unusual, which in turn creates disruption and gives people the invitation to view life through a different lens. She leaves stories half told on a canvas to make an impression and invite the observer to create their own story about what they see.