Karen Rann

Most of my artwork is made in response to a specific site or location, the outcome may be installation/s, sculpture or performance; the choice of materials, construction methods and form relating to the history, location and function of the place.

Whereas much of my work is a result of residencies or commissions, this project stems from a personal passion to know more about the invention and adoption of a line as convention. For years I have grappled with the puzzle that is the rendering flat a three-dimensional object or scene onto paper. Although I can draw perspective, distance, landscapes even; I do not enjoy it and now wonder if my preoccupation with contour lines – a simple system for rendering terrain on paper – stems from an aversion to doing the flattening myself.

I am delighted to be pursuing this research with AHRC funding for a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. For more information please visit my website