Karen Stamper

My work has the overall sense of a painting, but as you look closely you will see that it is skilfully built up using layers of found papers, tissue and acrylic paint.

I take my inspiration from worn surfaces, boat yards, allotments and foreign lands. I may have a scene, a place, a memory in mind but this does not dominate, the combination of paper collage and paint is what inspires me.  It is liberating and leads me in new directions.

Many hours are spent deliberating over compositions, I collage and paint. I conceal, reveal and recompose, deliberately avoiding representational clarity.

Increasingly there is a strong abstract element, but still with some recognisable elements. I want to capture the memory of a place and the sense of human presence, echoing the passing of time.