The story from Greek mythology of the god Zeus who transforms himself into a swan. He seduces/rapes Leda, who bore him 2 children- Helen (of Troy) and Polydeuces, and 2 children to her husband Tyndareus King of Sparta. There have been a few representations throughout history with many being lost and/or destroyed and damaged those including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci are thought to have been done by moralistic widows or successors of the owners.
The story of Leda and the Swan is also a sonnet written by William Yeats and Three Women by Sylvia Plath also alludes to the story.
When you look at how females are depicted throughout history, either through Myths, Legend, the Bible I find it astonishing that we are still today discussing the imbalance through for example the #metoo movement of modern day, we haven’t really progressed much as a race.
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.