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Karen Loader

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This recent series of constructed paintings has the overall title MULTIVERSALS. They are made up of multiple panels that can be hung in different configurations to create a varying spatial dynamic. Originating from a grid format, the geometric shapes within the works are repeated, rotated, inverted, flipped, or overlapped to produce a rhythmic patterning of the surface. Colours are carefully chosen to provide the character and changing mood of the work. The resulting effect is both harmonic and spatially ambiguous, presenting a picture of a desired consistency that is never quite perfect. The simplicity of the finished paintings masks the complexity of the underlying composition.

Living and working in London, I am influenced hugely by the architecture around me. I take a lot of photos as I move around the city that act as notes for my work: the colours of doors, peeling posters, the negative spaces in between buildings, textures and signs on the streets or in the underground. We are continuously being subjected to rhythmic variations in our perception of the environment. Walking down the street, space is often dense and constricted, but every now and then there is an opening between buildings that allows us to extend our visual field. This sense of a rhythmic 'in and out', 'up and down' is something that I am striving to capture in my work.

By offering the viewer an opportunity to interact with the panels and to move them around, I hope that my work can engage people physically as well as highlighting the different ways that we perceive space and rhythm as we go about our everyday lives. For me it is a way or ordering the chaos and trying to make sense of the world around me in philosophical terms.


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