Arachne in Greek mythology or Minerva in Roman mythology was a weaver whom with massive HUBRIS (a folly) stated she was better than the goddess Athena at weaving…a competition ensued and Arachne won. Athena then beat her and tore her weaving in a fit of rage. Arachne realising that she was in trouble attempted to hang herself, whereupon Athena in a godly manner turned Arachne into a spider to weave and hang for the rest of her days! So I’m thinking who showed the greater Hubris (Pride)- think they are both cut from the same cloth- both having massive egos. Or can it be that Arachne just spoke the truth and got severely punished for doing so?
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.