Medusa…in Greek mythology…is a classic rape-victim blaming story at its worst…Medusa was a beautiful Maiden who was raped by Poseidon in Athena’s temple. Athena furious that her temple had been desecrated and having unresolved issues with Zeus her father punished Medusa- the victim not the perpetrator. Turning her lovely hair to snakes, and made it that any man that looked upon her would turn to stone ..she was beheaded by the Greek hero Perseus, who used her head as a weapon to turn his enemies to stone, until it was given to the goddess Athena to place on her shield…Modern day representations alludes to victim blaming and man’s fear of strong women. I have turned this myth on its head and Medusa has beheaded Perseus as a form of revenge. Athena and Zeus keep popping up for me in my Mythology education. Gods aren’t very nice.
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.