Karen David is an artist, lecturer and curator exploring fiction as a tool for practice-based research. Her PhD activated an imaginary commune where residents search for a ‘viable essence’ through liquid paint material experiments. She has taken research trips to Marfa, Texas, Roswell, New Mexico, Loch Ness, Scotland, Tabernas Desert, Spain, and Bauhaus School in Dessau and Weimar, Germany to research her ongoing investigations into myth and communities.
Karen has an MA Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Arts (2012), BA (Hons) Mixed Media Art, University of Westminster (2004) and a PGC in Research Methods from University of Worcester (2021) and a PhD from University of Worcester (2023).
Karen has over 10 years teaching experience with her most recent post as Lecturer in BA Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art and as an Associate Lecturer in Critical Contextual Studies and on BA Fine Art at London Metropolitan University. David has been a visiting lecturer since 2013 at art schools in London, Middlesborough, Worcester, Hereford, West Kent and Sheffield.
Karen is the founder of Cork Lined Rooms, an artist studio interview project, and was curator of Perimeter Space at Griffin Gallery from 2016-18. Her curatorial practice involves transforming gallery spaces into a fictional room such as The Mythmaking Agency (upcoming), The Collector’s Room (Houdini) (2020), JGM Gallery, and The Waiting Room, Wimbledon Space (2018).
Karen has exhibited at University of Worcester, University of Gloucestershire, VITRINE Bermondsey Square, MIMA in Middleborough, Site Gallery in Sheffield, ASC Gallery, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Charlie Smith Gallery, White Conduit Projects, Leeds College of Art, Art Lacuna, Enclave Projects, Senate House Library and Southampton Solent University.
*all work is titled after The X-Files episodes