Artists >> Davies Karen
Based on a fascination with how and why we make, my practice is an exploration of human mark making and an activity that I see as innate. The materials I use are often familiar to a making history (such as clay, plasticine, paint) and are used in order to challenge our perception of what can be achieved with a material or exacerbate how it will behave. Marks are often made without tools or brushes, with marks smeared and blended by hand.
Current work examines the history of making, a prehistoric mark juxtaposed with a contemporary process through a series of collages with images of works that may have been made by cave women as opposed to cave men. The works look at humour and the role of the female creator within such a masculine and privileged history.
Exhibitions have included We Love New York? Broadway Gallery, New York USA (2010), Northern Print Biennale Newcastle University, Newcastle UK (2009) and Enchanted Moment BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead UK (2008). While studying for MA Fine Art, I received the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship (2013) and an Oppenheim John Downes Award towards postgraduate study (2012). In 2010 I received an Arts Council England Individual Grants for Arts Award for research and development of my practice, and in the same year was artist in residence at Isis Arts, Newcastle UK. In 2014,my work was represented by Made In Arts London at Fake Nature, Zero Gallery, Dalston and Bigger Brighter Bolder at UAL Showroom.