About me

I am an artist from East Ayrshire, Scotland, and work from Ayrshire and Glasgow. In 2015 I was awarded an Honours Degree in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art. I am currently studying a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. New projects are in progress and recent work will be uploaded soon.

I paint as a way of releasing suppressed emotion that can’t be put into words. I aim for this physical emotional form to connect to others and make them think differently about what is around us. Referring to renaissance tapestry and personal memories, my work is often ambiguous and explores the relationship between elements of time, landscape and religion in a contemporary context.

I layer imagery and use the colour and fluidity of paint to intuitively record how I feel about a scene, before embroidering into the painted marks as a way of capturing time and recognising my intuitive responses logically. The embroidery suggests healing towards an object in a state of deterioration. The juxtaposition of painting and embroidery represents the haste of modern day living; the fast and slow processes reflect time, impatience, frustration and our constant need to have things done quickly.

Intuition is a sense of the soul often gone unnoticed and has been referred to as a sign that God is talking to us. This reverse prayer is like dreaming, where there is no resistance or influence to our actions. We’re often so caught up in our busy schedules that we often lose this spiritual connection. The contrast of media in my work reflects this and draws attention to the finer details, a reminder for us to listen to our intuition and to look more closely at what we perceive to be surrounding us.



Karen Harkness