“Introspective”, the latest exhibition of work by artist Karen Blake can currently be seen at the Old Town Quarry in Weston-super-Mare.
Karen was born in Gloucester, but has lived in Weston for many years. She has two children and has been involved with Weston-super-Mum since its early days.
She holds a BA from the University of Derby, and, during her studies there, became interested in the potential to express the subconscious through art making, something she has continued to investigate over the years.
The works in the exhibition combine words, mixed media, and paint, and she uses them to tell stories, look inwards, and express emotions. Her love of open water swimming has inspired several of the works on show, and in them she attempts to convey the sense of freedom and the intense awareness of life which the cold water brings to her.
Karen’s work is meticulous and intricate, and many of her paintings require close examination to reveal their details and the stories they contain. In her own words, “Some meanings might be obvious, some might be hidden, but each piece has its own story to tell.”
“Introspective” runs until 27 March, and the Old Town Quarry is open from 10.30 to 4.30 every day except Monday.
You can find out more about Karen and her work at www.karenart.co.uk