Congratulations to SLWArtist Karen J. Smith who has recently been awarded, a very well deserved, Like Long Learning Award from Morley College.
Karen is a self taught artist working with different mediums. She works in an intuitive way, that is deciding the piece she wishes to make, completing a small sketch or model. Then she decides on the best materials to make that object.
The pieces she makes explore the ego, self-ego and subconscious. Her work expresses her long term struggle with mental illness and becomes a medium for discussion and expression.
In short it is a way of conveying difficult thoughts without directly speaking about them. Her work is mostly conceptual and can be challenging for the viewer.
Main image: Karen J Smith’s work installed at Strong & Stable, Asylum Peckham. Photograph © Karen Piddington