Karen Akester received a Master of Design in Glass from Edinburgh College of Art-Edinburgh University, Scotland in 2002.
Her work has been shown in Galleries in the UK, Europe and America and can be found in the public collections of Dan Klein & Alan J Poole at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster Caithness and Wheaton Arts, Millville New Jersey USA.
She has been invited to teach workshops at North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster Caithness, Bild-Werk Frauenau in Bavaria Germany, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Edinburgh College of Art-Edinburgh University.
Vestige: a visible trace, evidence or sign of something that once existed.
In trying to capture remnants of the past I am dealing with fragile material, attempting to replace an idea
with something tangible.
Essentially a sculptor using glass and metal as my mediums after initially researching a project I work
using clay and wax and from this modelling produce casts. In the last few years I have worked on a
series of group sculptures where I try to encapsulate a specific moment in time-usually springing from
a childhood memory;these recollections can be both intense and vague. I am attempting through my
work to convey distant memories dealing with awkwardness and incomprehension, my characters
seem lost, ostracized in their habitat. I look at the complex, social groupings and an individuals
response to their society. This can result in a range of situations which may be farcical, distressing
or both. The children in my work are trying to find their place in a complicated world in much the same
way we as adults are..
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