Karen David


PhD Student

School of Arts

Research Degree Students

Contact Details

email: davk2_18@uni.worc.ac.uk

Karen is full-time PhD student in the School of Arts at the University of Worcester.

Karen David is a London-based artist, curator and lecturer with a studio focus on mythmaking, fictional narrative, communes and para-anthropology. David’s multi-disciplinary practice examines themes and notions of mysticism with reference to consumerism and the domestic through the use of materials, mediums and subcultures such as The X-Files, crystals and dreamcatchers. Her research has taken her to the Southwest American desert to explore its landscape and mythologies and to inform an ongoing project of a fictional artists’ commune where residents investigate links between post-painterly abstraction, new age memorabilia and new possibilities in gardening.

Her supervisors are Dr Ildiko Rippel, Dr Richard Allen and Dr James Fisher.

In 2014 she undertook a research trip to Marfa, Texas and Roswell, New Mexico. In 2015 she was Artist in Residence at Islington Mill, Manchester, and in 2016 won the Artist in Residence award with a studio embedded in the BA Painting course at Wimbledon College of Arts. David has curated over ten exhibitions and publications focusing on intermedia and cross-disciplinary practices exhibiting 100+ artists. David runs Cork Lined Rooms; an artist interview and studio project based on the Proust Questionnaire.

Karen’s personal homepage is https://karendavid.co.uk/home.html



BA (Hons) Mixed Media Art, 2004, University of Westminster
MA Fine Art, 2012, Wimbledon College of Arts


Liquid Crystal Display, Site Gallery Sheffield and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), JGM Summer Show, JGM Gallery, The Waiting Room, Wimbledon Space, London, Godley VC House, Griffin Gallery, In The Future, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Do Re Mi Fa So La Te and Mannequin, Perimeter Space, London, Searching for the Viable Essence, Jacob’s Island Gallery, London