june, 2018

09jun(jun 9)10:0014jul(jul 14)16:00Karen Picton: Land as Material and Meaning Text Excerpt (Main List page only): Paintings of the land with the land reflecting a journey from documentation to representation of place and onwards to an emotional response to the land with more abstract works

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Land as material and meaning is an exhibition of paintings that use the raw materials of the land, earth, rocks or stones as paint mediums.   The works on show take a journey across the UK with paintings that offer an insight into the characteristics of different areas of land as defined by the nature of their materials.   It is however, elements of a human relationship with the land that are weaved throughout the works with paintings that emphasise our involvement with the land as a place marked by cultural legacies or simply as a space to think in.   Underpinning the paintings is a process of documentation with exhibits on show from collections of earth samples, colour and texture swatches as well as written notes of observations and thoughts.

Karen Picton was born and lives in Hertfordshire where her background in both building and farming have rooted her to this area.  Alongside her working life her artistic practice is paramount and  in 2002 she graduated with a BA (hons) in Fine Art.   She completed a five year fellowship with the Digswell Arts Trust working from their studios with other artists and now works from Langley End Studio with other Digswell Alumni.    Always playing with ideas, Karen has experimented with various materials and process and has made work using LED lights, perspex and other contemporary materials.   However, central to her practice is an emphasis on historic paints and techniques, supported by a keen interest in geology and archeology.   Karen exhibits her work regularly throughout Hertfordshire and has had solo shows at Letchworth in 2015 and London in 2016.