Artist explorer Karen Howse practices walking, drawing, printmaking and assemblage. She is interested in the patterns that connect our minds and natural places. Her place and project based work aims to cultivate empathy.
Howse’s practice is quietly attentive to rhythms, cycles and the edges of a day. She devises small acts of attention for her visits; Sweet Chestnuts, redrawn, remembered, revisited; folded hidden papers in tree hollows, stained with spores, a moment of arrival recorded in a smudgy rained on watercolour, where the familiar becomes unfamiliar and a world is revealed in the microcosm of a pocket of lichen.
Distillation happens through the printmaking process; skeleton leaves form impressions of place on soft paper, ghost printed veils of ink in indigo and ochre, suggest the shifting atmosphere of memory, tracing a path of thought, of ink, of noticing.
These drawings and prints are both prayer and experiment, a mapping of inner and outer geographies, a meditation on the nature of time and finding our way home to nature.
CV & Education
22 St Stephens Hill Launceston Cornwall
2010 MA in Fine Art, Contemporary Practice, Falmouth University
1989 BA Hons in Textile Design, Winchester School of Art
2017 Foundation Course in Art Therapy, Insider Arts, Exeter
2019 National Trust Artist Residency at Dunsland North Devon. Poetic mapping of place
2017 Cyprus Well Residency for the Causley Trust.
Artist Residency at the home of Poet Charles Causley,Launceston.
2000 David S. Smith Packaging Company - 3 month residency in a paper factory
2019 Evolving The Forest, Dartington Space Gallery, Devon (June 19th - Sept 4th)
2018 Nature, Our Nature, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun (group show)
2016 Closely Observed Nature, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun, (group show)
2007/17/18/19 Open Studios Cornwall
2000 Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. “Maps for the Millennium”. 2000 North Cornwall Museum and Gallery, 2 person show.
1997 The Museum of Textile History, Boras, Sweden.“Wild Beasts!” Work from Fibre II workshop at the Nordic Ark, Sweden
1995 The Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London
1993 The Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London
2018/19 Art Teacher (part time) St Josephs School, Cornwall.
2011 Drawing Exploring workshop, Centre for
Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Haldon Forest.
2012 Appledore Visual Arts Sound Mark Tour
2014/19 Drawing from the Land - Walkshops in mindful drawing.
2017 Moments to See Mindful drawing workshop and exhibit with Professor D. Moss Peninsula Arts Plymouth University
2007-18 Art for Life, Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust
2006 Creative Skills Training Award to attend print workshop with Carolle Waller
2001 ‘Corrie’, South West Tourist Board, Exeter.
2000 D.S. Smith Ltd. Launceston. Artist Residency Map Work in Company Foyer
1997 South West Arts Grant to attend Northern Fibre II workshop, Sweden 1996 Paintings in Hospitals - Gillingham Hospitals, Kent
2019 National Trust interview - Dunsland Artist Residency https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunsland/features/
2010 Artist Newsletter blogger interview https://www.a-n.co.uk/resource/blogger-profile-karen-howse/
2002 World of Embroidery magazine review of ‘River lines and Waterworks’ exhibition at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington (vol. 53)