I'm a media scholar and artist working across creative industries in London, UK.
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 in Hackney Wick, where I continue to work as a media artist. As of 2018, I’m also working as a Senior Social Scientist at Canvas8, where I’m applying my expertise in media semiotics in a cultural consultancy environment.
I'm the the author of numerous artist books and my art 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.