I'm a media scholar and book artist working across creative industries in London, UK.
As a multidisciplinary artist and publisher, my artistic practice straddles the boundaries between poetics and media, manifesting in artist books, films, performances, and zine-making. I hold a PhD in media and, as my primary practice, my work emerges from a preoccupation with text and book-making.
In 2008 I founded the Steel Bananas Artist Collective and Press in Toronto (2008-2018), where I published over sixty magazines, books, and mixed-media projects. In 2017 I co-founded the London-based multidisciplinary studio project Very Tender, where I continue to work as a studio artist. As of 2018, I’m working as a Senior Behavioural Analyst at Canvas8, where I’m applying my expertise in semiotics and ethnography in a cultural consultancy environment.
I'm the the author of numerous artist books and my work has been featured/ published/ exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Vienna, and London.
For collaborations, general enquires, and SB Collective or Very Tender related queries, I can be reached at karen [at] steelbananas [dot] com or hello [at] verytender [dot] org. You can also visit my studio by appointment at V22 Studios (Crown Close) in Hackney.