ARTIST STATEMENT - sculptural and contemporary practice
Karen Pearson May 2013

Earth is like an organ; pulsing, flowing, neural, and constantly regenerating. It is the small things that are at the roots of Pearson's prophylactic approach to life. She reflects on nature which always leans towards regeneration through these small things, rather than allowing itself to become decadent through reliance on a wholesale therapeutic approach.

Pearson often casts relatively small and emotive sculptures. Her practice distinguishes between visceral and non-visceral organic elements. Internal and external bodily references are made relating to our human relationship with the natural environment; our harmonies, yet at the same time our conflict with it.

Reflecting on the human need to, 'make things better', Pearson embraces 'process' as a means to get intimate, re-use, embody, simplify and preserve the unseen, and give new purpose or permanence to the fragile transience of life.
The heart sculpture, 'Out of the strong came forth sweetness', is suspended from a tree, like a fruit, taking the shape of a swarm. A metaphor for new life, hopes and aspirations, the heart is open, strong and has been adopted by honey bees giving it new energy and purpose.

The drawings, Exhibit A & B, were the result of a feast of fly maggots and mites that hatched unseen inside some freshly picked Chestnut mushrooms. The result was an intricate network of paths; a microcosm of the relatively unseen 'small' world that underpins our forests.

Her most recent work, It's the Small Things, is a series of ox tongues cast in bronze. From raw muscular origins, eight tongues have been transformed into intriguing objects by an intimate physical sculptural process. They are mute but animated, self important by nature of the material in which they are cast, allowing us to reflect on our symbiosis with other living things.