Karen Akester


Vestige: a visible trace, evidence or sign of something that
once existed.

I am attempting through my work to convey distant memories of childhood dealing with awkwardness and incomprehension, these recollections are both intense and vague. My characters seem lost, ostracized in their habitat. In my work I look at the complex, social groupings and an individuals response to there society. This can result in a range of situations which maybe farcical, distressing or both.
The children in my work are trying to find their place in a complicated world in much the same way as we adults are.

The techniques I employ are specifically chosen to highlight the fragmented nature of incomplete memory. The source for much of my work disseminates from ageing photographs and museum garments and I strive to capture the fragile nature of these in my work. The figures, modeled in clay and wax are likewise incomplete, the surfaces distressed and uneven suggesting an incomplete picture. Here the viewer is invited to fill in the gaps and make complete a picture in
their own mind.
The work therefore is fuel for the imagination.

Education
2001-02
 Mdes Master of Glass Design, Edinburgh College of Art
1990-93  BA (hons) Glass Design, Edinburgh College of Art

Awards
2011
 Creative Scotland QPA funding towards development of new work in glass and bronze
Craft Makers Award funding towards development of new work in metal 2011
2009/07/03  Creative and Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council
2006  Scottish Arts Council and National lottery Funding for Gulbenkian Residency North Lands

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012
 Unnatural Natural Histories curated by Coates & Scarry, RWA-Royal West of England Academy Bristol
AAF Affordable Art Fair Melbourne Australia represented by Coates and Scarry
2011  Winter exhibition Scottish Sculpture Workshop at Lumsden, Aberdeenshire
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show with Craft Scotland;selected to represent Scotland
A Passion for Glass The collection of Dan Klein and Alan J Poole NMS:Edinburgh
Modern Fabulists curated by Coates & Scarry, View Art Gallery Bristol
2010  SOFA Chicago in association with the Bullseye Gallery at Festival Hall Navy Pier, USA
Remarkable Glass in association with the Contemporary Glass Society and Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Collect 2010 - the Saatchi Gallery London represented by The Bullseye Gallery USA
Migrate’09 30 years of Scottish Glass curated by Dan Klein, touring exhibition
2009  Modern and Contemporary Glass auction by invitation @ Bonhams Bond Street, London
2008   Gifted National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
British Glass Biennale - International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge; (also 2006;2004)
2007  Side by Side Devon Guild of Craftsmen/Contmeporary Glass Society, Bovey Tracey Devon
2005  Glass Sellers Prize, Glasshouse Gallery, Leathermarket London
2004  British Glass Inspiration, by invitation Burgdorf Switzerland
2003  Fellows one year exhibition CGCA Creative Glass Center of America, Millville NJ, USA

Public/Private Collections
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole (Private Collection)@The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
North Lands Creative Glass Centre Lybster, Caithness, UK
CGCA Creative Glass Center of America, Millville New Jersey, USA

Commissions
2010  Royal Society of Edinburgh & Edinburgh Beltane-beacon for public engagement awards
Scottish National Rugby ‘Hall of Fame Award’; design and produce glass prototype
2008  Edinburgh University; design and produce in glass Principals Medals 2008  Edinburgh College of Art; replicate in glass a series of Centenary Awards for presentation to HRH the Prince of Wales.

Publications
2012
 Craft Arts International no.84, 2012 Dan Klein & Alan J.Poole glass collection at the National Museum of Scotland.review by Jennifer Hawkins Opie
2010  CGS newsletter, Remarkable Glass review byJennifer Hawkins Opie; Collect 2010 review.
2009  Neues Glass fall 2009 (3/09), Selected entry Jutta Cuny-Franz award
Contemporary Kiln formed Glass ‘A World Survey’ by Keith Cummings. (hb.invited artist)
2008   British Glass Biennale Catalogue (inc.2006;2004)
2003   Interview with Robin Rice www.wheatonvillage.org

 

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