Cold Porridge is the nom d'artiste of Karen Maley, that focuses on social commentary from the perspective of her millennial Working-Class roots. Current themes include celebrity, technology and political issues with an added touch of dry wit. Cold Porridge often experiments with collage, enjoying the destruction of imagery and creating new narratives that drive conversation over various topics.
Often drawing inspiration from her diverse love of music, Karen likes to play with aesthetics, selecting styles she feels suit the topic. As well as collage, the artist uses videography, sculpture, and screen printing to express her ideas and is addicted to researching new methods. Once described as a ‘miserable child’, the use of the inexpressive baby portrait is a common element in the works, and portrays the air of despondency Karen feels living in modern-day UK.
Karen is consumed with creating bold, vibrant, and humorous works to tell a story and with Cold Porridge, will continue to spread the joys of disappointment across the art fairs and galleries of the country.