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Karen Wicks Ghostbuildings

Low fi printmaking celebrating the ordinary and overlooked


Karen Wicks is a UK printmaker based in the Midlands. Her printmaking practice is inspired by derelict buildings and captures the presence and intrigue of these abandoned structures using intaglio print techniques.

The Japanese notion of ‘wabi-sabi’ is central to her art practice, which celebrates beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete and the narrative of everyday and forgotten places inspires her to record these places using sustainable printmaking practices.

Her work explores low-fi home print techniques and uses recycled packaging which becomes fragile and disintegrates over time to reflect the subject matter of the ‘ghost buildings’ that inspire her.