ARTIST INFORMATION
KAREN C. THOMAS

ARTIST STATEMENT


My work explores a “nuveau-grotesque”. I am interested in creating images that explore eroticism in a overt/subtle way. My work is an examination of mythology, feminism, erotica, and my family. I use photographs and my imagination to depict grotesque characters in a slightly erotic manner. A common element in my current work is about the cultural and mythological significance of the language of hair. I have been researching hair as an aspect of femininity, otherness, and as a symbol of man’s connection to wild animals. The implications of a hair determine intelligence, sexual prowess, femininity and masculinity. These prints and drawings focus on the duality of woman and beast. By pushing standards of beauty to an extreme I illustrate the fine line between what is considered beautiful and what is considered monstrous.

A recurring character in my work is the She-Beast who has a body covered in hair, which represents the pull between desirability and the grotesque.  She-Beast is based on the Germanic myth of Woodwoses who were hyper sexual and animalistic which was symbolized in the artwork by their body being covered in hair.




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Education: BFA, Visual Arts Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2006

MFA, Printmaking, San Francisco Art Institute, 2008.

 

Solo Exhibitions: Go Be A Beast, Cowboys and Angels Salon, San Francisco, CA, 2007;

Drawings, Paintings, and Prints: New Works by Karen Thomas, Flood Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, 2005;

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Dirty Jokes, Indie Industries, San Francisco, CA, 2009;

Group Show, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2009;

Art-a-Thon: ArtSeed Instructors and Students, ArtSeed, San Francisco, CA, 2009;

Erotic Art Show, The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IN, 2009;

In Dreams, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, NY, 2009;

Negotiations, Clara Street Projects, San Francisco, CA, 2008;

Fast Track, The Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2008;

Vernissage, Herbst Pavilion Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, 2008;

Composing Biology, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, 2008;

Token Woman Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, 2007;

Los Angeles Printmaking Society 19th National Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 2007;

Making An Impression, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, 2007;

Continuing MFA Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, 2007;

Evolution, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA 2007;

SFAI Now, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA, 2007;

What You See Galore, The Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA 2007;

Dirty Candy bar, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA 2007;

Terror? An international interdisciplinary project, Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006;

One Night Exhibition, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2006;

Senior Studio Show, Creative Research Lab at Flatbed Press, Austin, TX, 2006;

Artists and Future Art Teachers, Creative Research Lab at the Flatbed Press, Austin, TX 2005;

School of Fine Arts Exhibition, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX, 2005;

300lbs Per Square Inch: Advanced Intaglio Show, University of Texas at Austin, 2005;

Intermediate and Advanced Intaglio Exhibition, University of Texas at Austin, 2004;

Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Exhibition, Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington D.C. 2002;

 

Publications:  San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Exhibition Catalogue 2008, Cover art and articles in Dirty Candybar Zine, Volumes 1-4, Dirty Candybar Art Collective 2007, Las Angeles Printmaking Society 19th National Exhibition Catalogue 2007.

 

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