The next exhibition in The Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, is ‘mindcandy’ by North East based artist Karen Beattie.
Working primarily in acrylic on canvas, and sometimes collage, Karen is interested in what it feels like to live amidst the excesses of 21st Century consumption. Her practice addresses a sense of unease in contemporary life and is influenced by the desire for neat packaging. Snapshots of information are stripped down, visually and metaphorically, and data is reduced and re-interpreted in inconsequential ways.
‘I am interested in what it feels like to live amidst the excesses of 21st Century consumption, information and misinformation. My practice addresses a sense of unease in contemporary life. works primarily in acrylic on canvas, and sometimes collage.
In mindcandy, data are reduced and represented in a meaningless way. Snapshots of possibly infinite series, the information is stripped, visually and metaphorically: an unnecessary ordering arising from a desire for neat packaging. Light bites, clickbait: briefly nice to know, pretty to see, easily forgotten. Mind candy as eye candy…a thirst for knowledge assuaged by a swig of pop.’
Karen is a practising artist based in Deeside. She graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design in Western Canada in 2013.