KAREN MAXTED (PURVES)
I paint landscapes with a suggestion of an incomprehensible narrative and other worldliness. I use appropriated shapes from the work of other artists to give life to fictitious creatures and create habitats for them. In doing so, I play with the human desire to find recognisable forms in a painting. I mix these shapes with symbols from architectural drawing, and play with perspectives and scale akin to architectural plans.
Shapes are dissected from books of the work of other contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Clare Woods and Nigel Cooke. They are mixed with marks scavenged from environments I have worked in such as graffiti on tabletops and paint splodges on floors. They are recorded in a catalogue which creates the framework within which I paint, forms my visual language and will appear in various guises across my work. Fragments from the work of various contemporary artists are meshed together in new work in new ways. They are elevated from their source, given room to breathe and grow in importance; to tell their own stories.
My work manifests in medium and large-scale paintings in acrylic and thread on linen, and in modular collage pieces on wood and metal, wall mounted in response to their environment