Pride is said to be the deadliest of the sins, pride and vulnerability cannot coexist. Pride can be a good thing showing dignity and self respect but can also be bad as pride reeks of conceit and arrogance. The saying proud as a peacock relates to the male’s tail which he fans out to impress the peahens…vanity in all of its natural splendour. Today social media throbs with excessive vanity and pride…selfies and the endless quest for the like and the follow is distorting our reality and creating many mental health issues. I wanted to have a bit of fun here.
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.