A bit of a play on words, in an effort to improve the financial stability of Ukraine-catastrophe tourism/ atomic tourism is increasing in popularity. A vodka made from apples is the latest marketing angle to provide financial assistance to affected families an ‘artisanal’ vodka -Atomik made from grain and water from the radiation zone…
The name Chernobyl comes from the grass Wormwood-the great star that fell to earth in Revelations from the Bible also called Wormwood, many died as the rivers were polluted from it…kind of apocalyptic and also a self fulfilling prophecy …
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.