Eastside Studios


Karen Mc Lean

Email: [email protected]



Born in Trinidad. Lived in UK for the past 11 years. Studied BA (Hons) Art and Design at BCU, Birmingham. Influenced by the Caribbean my practice is concerned with the interrogation of cultural characteristics that are indigenous to my place of birth, and that continue to be of interest to me. Additionally I am interested in the interconnected history of the two countries that I have lived in, and the ongoing effects of those historical connections. My interests lie in articulating these issues, and the complex matters that arise with the transference of one’s culture.

My interrogations have allowed me to explore areas that include displacement, identity, home, capitalism and ethics, ideologies and their continued to perpetuation, modernism and globalisation. I explore these issues through a variety of media including wood, metal, collage, video and screen printing. Of particular interest to me is the vernacular architecture of the Caribbean and the language that these structures encapsulate. Using primarily found objects I create interesting and stimulating installations for curatorial scrutiny which begin to question its historical and contemporary relevance.




2011     Folkestone Tirennial, Fringe, Folkestone, UK


2011    Zellig, United Colours of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK


2010    Shortlisted and Hung, Cork Street Open, Mayfair, London, UK


2010    Winner North Worcester Open, Artix, Bromsgrove, West Midlands,      

              Birmingham, UK


2010     Surface Exhibition, Works Gallery, Birmingham, UK


2009     NB Exhibition, Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK


2006     Imagination, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK