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"I RECENTLY HAD A LENGTHY PHONE CONVERSATION WITH NICHOLAS LOGSDAIL, THE FOUNDER OF LISSON GALLERY. HE WAS TELLING ME ABOUT AN INTERESTING ARTIST THAT I SHOULD INVESTIGATE CALLED TERRY BOND. YET, AS I OFTEN GRAVITATE TOWARDS WOMEN ARTISTS FOR THEIR UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, I WAS IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TOWARDS A LINK ON TERRY'S WEBSITE, TO THAT OF HIS PARTNER KAREN DENSHAM, WHO IS ALSO AN ARTIST.

 KAREN'S TWEE, KITSCH CERAMICS, AND HER SUBTLE, DELICATE WATERCOLOURS WITH UNDERTONES OF SEXUALITY AND FRUSTRATION, SPEAK TO THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY WOMEN, LIKE SEVERAL OF OUR GALLERY ARTISTS. HER WORK NEEDS TO BE SHOWN. I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS NEW DISCOVERY…"

- RICHARD SALTOUN

Karen Densham
Pussy in the Well, 2020
Ceramic
30 x 24 x 15cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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'WHEN ARMEGEDDON STRIKES AND INVENTION AND RESOURCEFULNESS ARE A REQUIREMENT FOR SURVIVAL, I WILL BE SEEN CLINGING TO HER, OFFERING MYSELF UP AS HER ASSISTANT.'

- TERRY BOND

Karen Densham
Brand, 2020
Ceramic
40 x 34 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Flip-Flop, 2020
Ceramic
30 x 18 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Cart before the Horse, 2020
Ceramic
30 x 35 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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With a practice spanning ceramics, works on paper, photography and video, Karen DENSHAM combines kitsch with satire. Her work aims to challenge assumptions about the world around us. Seemingly innocent, ornamental objects destined for the mantel soon reveal hidden meanings and greater complexity, confronting issues around sexual desire, military campaign planning, the refugee crisis and capitalism. Using items found on eBay, charity shops or car boot sales, Denham recreates these in clay or watercolour, transforming them into objects with double meaning. Always with a touch of humour, her work forces closer inspection, uncovering light-hearted and mischievous subversion at play.

Karen Densham
Dryer, 2015
Archival inkjet print, with watercolour overlay
45 x 35 cm
Edition of 10 © Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Our Haus, 2020
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag
50 x 40 cm
Edition of 10 © Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Prime, 2020
Ceramic
17 x 26 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Atlas, 2020
Ceramic and map pins
23 x 30 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Social Climber, 2020
Ceramic with found ceramic cat
33 x 25 x 16 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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‘MUCH OF KAREN’S WORK CHALLENGES OUR ASSUMPTIONS AND PRESUMPTIONS ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US. OUR TENDENCY TO ANTHROPOMORPHISE, OUR INCLINATION TOWARDS THE ‘CUTE’ AND ‘PRETTY’, OUR DESIRE FOR THE BUCOLIC, AND THE WAY IN WHICH WE SEEK THE ‘COSY’ OR SENTIMENTAL SIDE OF LIFE, ARE USEFUL DEPARTURE POINTS FOR SOME OF KAREN’S WORKS TO REACT AGAINST, TURNING EXPECTATIONS AROUND IN A WAY THAT CAN SURPRISE OR SHOCK, AND ENCOURAGING US TO RE-EXAMINE OUR VALUE SYSTEMS AND JUDGEMENTS.’

- KAAVOUS CLAYTON

Karen Densham
Fashion Victim, 2020
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag
50 x 40 cm
Edition of 10 © Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Last Straw, 2015
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag
40 x 50 cm
Edition of 5 © Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Densham’s watercolours are more explicitly sexual, often appropriating and subverting illustrations from English children’s book writer Beatrix Potter. In Bunny (2014), Densham presents Mr. Bouncer in a ‘gimp’ mask smacking his nephew Peter Rabbit with a whip, undermining the original innocence of the childhood tale while calling into question the outdated mode of corporal punishment and its association with sexual gratification. Sex Kitten (both 2015) takes Potter’s Miss Moppet, a playful story of cat and mouse, and places her in crotchless knickers, spotlighting society’s sexualisation of children and the complicated question of erotica.

Karen Densham
Bunny, 2014
Watercolour and graphite on paper
70 x 60 cm
Unique © Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Sex kitten (pink), 2015
Watercolour
40 x 31 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Sex kitten (black), 2015
Watercolour
31 x 40 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Jockey, 2019
Watercolour
31 x 40 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Based in Ipswich, Karen Densham (b. 1960) studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art, London, as well as The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton and Harlow Technical College, Essex. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in prominent institutions, including the V&A, Serpentine, Whitworth Art Gallery, ICA London, Jugg Art Foundation Gallery, The Minories Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art (Japan), amongst others. Her work is included in public and private collections in the United Kingdom and around the world. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Eastern Open’s Experimental Media Award, European Prize of Contemporary Art and Design and the London Arts Board Award.

Karen Densham
Hop, Skip, Jump, 2020
Ceramic and gold lustre
18 x 30 x 15 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Fairy Tale Ending, 2020
Ceramic with platinum lustre
26 x 14 x 15 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Songbird, 2020
Ceramic
16 x 25 x 33 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Wrong Again, 2020
Ceramic
16 x 25 x 33 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Heard Mentality, 2020
Ceramic
11 x 29 x 21 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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‘DENSHAM’S WORKS CANNOT BE REGARDED AS WHIMSICAL OR AS FLIGHTS OF FANCY. ON THE CONTRARY, THEY ARE ROOTED IN EVERYDAY LIFE, SOMETIMES IN ITS ACCIDENTLY COMICAL TAWDRINESS, SOMETIMES IN ITS TRAGICOMEDY OF HUMAN RELATIONS, AND SOMETIMES IN ITS ROUTINE HORRORS.’

- MATTHEW BOWMAN

Karen Densham
Screwed, 2020
Ceramic and platinum Lustre
23 x 10 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Spoonerism, 2020
Ceramic and platinum lustre
29 x 22 cm
© Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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Karen Densham
Killjoy, 2015
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag
80 x 60 cm
Edition of 5 © Karen Densham. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

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