Karen David’s multi-disciplinary practice examines themes and notions of mysticism with direct reference to consumerism and the domestic. Through the use of materials, mediums and subcultures such as tie-dye, crystals, dreamcatchers and The X-Files, which she employs as aesthetic-shorthand for ‘New Age’ and ‘paranormal’ ideas, her work hovers between cynicism and sincerity, creating a space for experiment, magic, mythmaking and new meanings.
Her research has taken her to the Southwest American Desert to explore its landscape and mythologies and to inform an ongoing project of a fictional artists’ commune where residents investigate links between post-painterly abstraction, new age memorabilia and new possibilities in gardening.
In 2018 David was awarded a studentship for a practice-led PhD with a studio focus on mythmaking, fictional narrative, communes and para-anthropology. She lives and works in London where she is a Lecturer in Painting at London Metropolitan University.