Karen Akester is an artist based in Edinburgh.
She began her studies as an illustrator at Edinburgh University-College of Art and
whilst there happened upon the glass department. Transfixed, this led to a change
in vocation completing her Masters of Design in Glass in 2002. She continues to work with glass combining this with her illustration projects.
Exhibiting both locally and internationally her work is held in several private and public collections;
The Dan Klein & Alan J.Poole (private collection) National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (UK); Northlands Creative, Lybster Caithness (UK); Wheaton Arts, Millville
New Jersey (USA) and Bullseye Gallery, Portland Oregon (USA).
She has been invited to teach Masterclasses and workshops at Northlands Creative, Lybster Caithness, Bild-Werk Frauenau in Bavaria Germany, The Edinburgh Sculpture
Workshop and Edinburgh College of Art-Edinburgh University.
For the last several years I have worked on a series of group sculptures combining glass, bronze, aluminium and wood. In these pieces my aim is to try and encapsulate a specific moment in time, sometimes springing from a childhood memory which I attempt to distill into a narrative. These recollections can be both intense and vague. I look at the complex, social groupings of children finding an individuals response to their society. The awkward, sometimes lost looking figures can find themselves in situations both farcical and distressing. These works infused with my own memories also borrow much from folklore, literature and found imagery of the Victorian, Edwardian era.
I strive to capture the fragile nature of these thoughts in my work. The figures I sculpt initially in clay and wax, which are in turn cast are often 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 - they too can unwittingly become part of the story, evoking a response which is not always predictable...
The children in my work are trying to find their place in a complicated world in much the same way we as adults are.
copyright Karen Akester