Karen Lintott was born in Shropshire in 1964. In her twenties after travelling around the world she moved to Brighton, which is where she married, raised her family and still lives. She trained as a Pharmacist and her interest in science and medicine stems from her earlier career. Karen has always been creative and in 2008 she was able to start pursuing her art career, she graduated in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Chichester. This was followed by her MA Fine Art studies. She is still intrigued and excited by science with other significant elements of her work being colour and textiles.
The work process includes using computer technology and textile techniques to produce bright jewel like pieces. Digital photographs are manipulated to create vibrant abstract images that become ambiguous in the process. Karen then uses colourful textiles to make new marks in a painterly manner, working instinctively to produce combinations that ‘zing’.
Karen likes the push and pull of using textiles to express scientific concepts. Textiles could be considered soft and feminine and science hard and masculine. Textiles offer versatility in terms of the variety of techniques that can be used.
Recently a diagnosis of Amyloidosis has inspired Karen’s work. Amyloidosis is a disease where protein clumps together to form amyloids which gather in the bodily organs eventually causing them to fail. She uses images of scans and procedures she has undergone as the basis of her artwork. Karen makes art as a response to being ill, rising above the circumstances she finds herself to bring a normality to her life.