Approved: 16.08.2006

Karen Wallis

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Karen Wallis draws and paints the everyday world. She is curious about the role of images and how they are perceived by the viewer, in particular how visual rhetoric influences their perceptions through historical reference, methods of display and curatorial input.  Recent work has been investigating how art can facilitate conversation and whether it is possible to contribute to the research activity of other disciplines.

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      Karen Wallis draws and paints the everyday world. She is curious about the role of images and how they are perceived by the viewer, in particular how visual rhetoric influences their perceptions through historical reference, methods of display and curatorial input.  Recent work has been investigating how art can facilitate conversation and whether it is possible to contribute to the research activity of other disciplines.

      Her practice is rooted in observational sketchbook drawing and plein air painting, alongside recordings of conversations and ambient sound. These are developed using any appropriate media to reflect on the situation.  This may include painting, digital media, sound, installation, intervention, or performance. She has also begun to publish books about her projects under the pseudonym of Avis Rara.

      Since 2008 she has concentrated on residency work. Three years with The Holburne Museum, during its closure for redevelopment was followed by further projects that explore the interaction between artist and social environment, including a sound portrait with drawings of Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens at Fairfield House in Bath. In 2016, a residency on the Ness of Brodgar excavations in Orkney provided the opportunity to see if she could contribute to archaeological research through perceptual drawing rather than documentation or historical reconstruction. The success of the initial four weeks has now developed into a long term collaboration with the Ness of Brodgar Trust

      Reading on aesthetics and philosophy informs her work, but visual practice always leads any theoretical input. Her PhD (Painting & Drawing the Nude: a search for a realism of the body through phenomenology & fine art practice - UWE Bristol, 2003) embraced a broad range of art practice in a variety of venues, supported by texts on phenomenology, hermeneutics and alterity.

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training

      2002 - Practice-based PhD in Fine Art and Aesthetics, University of the West of England, Bristol

      Solo exhibitions 

      2016 - Drawn from Orkney, 44AD Bath, work at The Ness of Brodgar excavations, Orkney
      2014 - Fairfield House, work made as Artist in Residence at Fairfield House
      2013 - Fairfield House, work made as Artist in Residence, Royal United Hospital, Bath
      2011 - Drawing The Development, The Holburne Museum, Bath
      2011 - Karen Wallis: Views and Observations, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
      2009 - Karen Wallis - selected & rejected, Bath Artists' Studios Gallery, Bath
      2006 - Painting on TV, Hotbath Gallery, Bath
      2002 - Mixing Paint, Bridport Art Centre
      2002 - Painting & Drawing The Nude, PhD exhibition, UWE, Bristol
      1999 - Now you see me ..., Black Swan Guild, Frome
      1998 - Work arising from research, University of the West of England, Bristol

      Group exhibitions

      2016 Royal West of England Academy Open, Bristol
      2014    Drawology: one year on, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry
      2014 - Inside / Out, Studio53, Salisbury
      2013 - Drawn, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
      2013 - Reigning Cats and Dogs, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
      2012 - The Holburne Portrait Prize, The Holburne Museum, Bath
      2011 - 159th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
      2010 - The Big Draw Self-Portrait Drawing Show, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
      2010 - The Holburne Portrait Prize, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
      2008 - A Collector's Cabinet, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Bath
      2008 - 156th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
      2008 - The Holburne Portrait Prize, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
      2007 - Open View, BANA (Bath Area Network for Artists), Bath
      2006 - The Three Graces Speak, in Beauty and The Beast, Stourhead, Wiltshire
      2006 - Valued, The Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
      2005 - Open View, BANA (Bath Area Network for Artists), Bath
      2005 - paintvoxbox for Electric Pavilion, Watershed, Bristol
      2004 - eak-art 'at home' in Home, curated by Eshoda Arts, Hotbath Gallery, Bath
      2004 - Naked, RWA, Bristol
      2004 - Royal West of England Open, RWA, Bristol
      2003 - An intervention through drawing, in Belonging to Man, Frome Festival
      2003 - Into the Light - BANA showcase exhibition, Hotbath Gallery, Bath
      2002 - The Female Line, Sherborne House, Dorset
      2001 - House Work, installation in an empty house, Bath Fringe Festival
      2001 - In Theory, collaborative work as 'eak-art', Churchill House, Bath
      1999 - Bedales Art and Design, Art 99, Business Design Centre, London
      1999 - In House Twice, two private houses in Bath, Bath Fringe Festival
      1998 - In House First Time, private house in Bath, Bath Fringe Festival
      1997 - Taunton Drawing Open, Somerset
      1996 - Cheltenham Drawing Open, Gloucestershire
      1995 - Artist as Teacher, Hot Bath Gallery, Bath

      Live/Performance

      2009 - paintvoxbox Offline, Creative Practice/Creative Research Conference, York St John University
      2008 - Interactive call and response drawing, Art in Action, Oxford
      2007 - paintvoxbox offline tour, Launched at The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
      2007 - The Three Graces Go Live, eak-art in Bath Fringe Festival, Bath
      2006 - The Three Graces gallery visits, eak-arts critiques of exhibitions
      2004 - Graceful Moments, eak-art in Bath Fringe Festival, Bath
      2004 - Interventions in a pleasant manner, eak-art at Interdisciplinary Landscapes conference, University College Northampton

      Artist talks

      2017 - Artist's Residency on the Ness of Brodgar, Bath & Camerton Archaeology Society
      2016 - Artist's Residency on the Ness of Brodgar, 44AD, Bath
      2016 - Work in Progress as Artist in Residence on the Ness of Brodgar, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
      2011 - Drawing The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath Artists' Studios, Bath
      2007 - Attitude and Perception, Widcombe Studios, Bath & Bradford Art Society, Bradford on Avon
      2006 - Style or Substance?, Widcombe Studios, Bath

      Workshops

      2007 - Arts and Kids schools workshops , Merlin Theatre and Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset 2006 - Naked Bodies, The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath

      Residencies

      2016    Artist in Residence at The Ness of Brodgar archaeological excavations, Orkney
      2013 - RWA Drawing Lab residency, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
      2012 - EVA project commission for Aune Head Arts, with Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association (BEMSCA) at Fairfield House, Bath
      2012 - Ghosts in The Garden, Splash & Ripple and UWE History Dept, The Holburne Museum
      2008 - Drawing The Holburne Museum of Art, The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath

      Projects

      2016 to date - Ness of Brodgar residency, investigating how perceptual art can contribute to archaeological research
      2013 to date - Daily Drawing Journal published on Facebook
      2007 - paintvoxbox offline, various art venues, Bath, Bristol and beyond...
      2006 - paintvoxbox for Beauty and The Beast, Hotbath Gallery with The National Trust, Stourhead, Wiltshire
      2005 - paintvoxbox, for Electric Pavilion at Watershed, Bristol
      2001 - 2011 collaborative interventions in a pleasant manner, eak-art, online at www.eak-art.co.uk

      Awards

      2016 - The Artists Information Company, Travel Bursary for Ness of Brodgar Artist's Residency
      2016 - Arts Council England Grant for the Arts, for Ness of Brodgar Artist's Residency

      Educational experience - tertiary

      1996 to 2005 - Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Drawing and Visual Culture, University of the West of England, Bristol

      Site specific

      2006 - Shopping bags, eak-art at South Central, Southgate Shopping Centre, Bath
      2005 - Old (shopping) Bags, eak-art in Bath Fringe Festival, Bath
      2003 - Permission to Picnic, eak-art in Queen Square, Bath

      Publications

      2017 - Current Archaeology forthcoming article: Drawn to Orkney, on the experience of drawing the Ness of Brodgar excavations
      2017 - Drawn to Orkney, a short article for Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society newsletter, Camertonia
      2014    Fairfield House: Drawings and conversations from an Artist’s Residency
      2014 - The Power of The Sea, drawings made during the exhibition at RWA, Bristol
      2012 - A Purpose for Purposelessness? Seeking a role for perceptual drawing in historical research. Published in The Regional Historian journal, UWE, Bristol
      2012 - Illustrations for Ghosts in The Garden booklet, by Steve Poole for Splash and Ripple/
      2011 - Drawing The Development, an account of an Artist's residency at The Holburne Museum