Visual artist Karen Rann makes sculptures, performances and installations.

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THE GREAT LINES

2016

Contour lines on maps were first invented 400 years ago, or perhaps only 250; depending on whether isobaths (the submarine version) count.

I assumed foolishly that there would be a book – one academic – that had pulled together all the strands: who first, why, who saw their map and created the next evolution. But that book isn’t there. Instead I’ve been amassing leads in the Netherlands, Italy, Britain and France. Slowly pulling together the threads of the story.

Bear with me, if you like maps, walking, art or detective stories you might like this blog!

The Great Lines blog »

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TRACES OF PLACE

Artist Residencies in Cowgate, Newcastle & Blaydon, Gateshead, 2014-2015

Two residencies in the North East began within weeks of each other, Traces of Place followed both:

  • 'Creative Makings' residency based at Blaydon Library, Gateshead
  • 'New Artist' residency based at Highmoor Court on Cowgate Estate, Newcastle.

Traces of Place blog »

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NATURE OF CHANGE

National Trust for Scotland, Arran, 2014

This residency was based on the unique natural history of Arran and in particular: Sorbus arranensis - a Whitebeam/Rowan cross - native to the island.

Nature of Change blog »

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PICTISH FISH

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Scotland, 2013

During this residency I researched the impact of the scale change from domestic to industrial nets in the ‘local’ fishing industry.

Pictish Fish blog »