A solo exhibition of the artist Karen David recently took place at O Art Space Gallery in Lahore.
David’s work is mostly graphite on paper as she unfolds various images which are an amalgam of human form and machine. She intertwines both showing various emotional aspects that are imbibed in the mesh of mechanical world. She has shown human transition into the technology of the future. It is the interpretation of body trying to meld with the mechanical.
David’s composition of work is intricate and shows attention to detail. The fine lines and perfect symmetry that creates a unique balance in her work is commendable. Her figures that seem mechanical, yet human-like showcase the extremities of human imagination.
In the words of an artist, “Common perception considers vulgarity as a structure grounded in too obvious a need; a desperation associated with pedestrian targets. Whereas sensuality, as expressed by popular philosophy, highlights an underlying desire to tease and be teased while exhibiting a certain detachment and nonchalance. However, vulgarity can also be an individual sensitivity; that is to say the mind according to its cultural and social imprints decides what is vulgar, what is erotic and sensual or even perceives these as the same thing.”
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and an alumni of the National College of Arts, she has had two art shows, one in Lahore (2009, Ejaz Galleries) and one in Philadelphia (2011, Hamilton Galleries) She has also given a significant portion of her time to theatre, while continuing to develop and realize her most recent show.
She has performed at The Globe Theatre, London in 2012 and again in 2015 as part of The International Actor’s Fellowship.
She has also performed in numerous theatrical productions in Lahore, Pakistan. The Taming of the Shrew in London, UK, and most recently Crave, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with the Line Theatre Company in Lyon, France where she currently lives and works as a graphite artist.