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Karen Neill

Fellowship:  May 2005 – December 2008 The Forge

Artform: Mixed Media

Website: www.karenneill.com

Karen work centers on mapping the behavioral characteristics of the movement of fluid, through photography, film, film projection, paint and installations. Her research led her to find the intrinsic textures of liquid crystal

The Liquid Crystal Institute in Ohio USA invited her to work on a residency there, following her graduation BA Fine Art ( Hons) at Byam Shaw School of Art at Central St Martin’s London. She works as an artist in the laboratory filming and photographing the liquid through the microscope.

These images show phenomena at its most colourful because liquid crystal has a most curious molecular structure thus allowing in more light than just about any other liquid or substance, allowing us to see the whole of the colour spectrum. A relatively recent discovery and interestingly it is a derivative of cholesterol. These images are pure and not computer generated. She uses polarized light to show the orientation of molecules within liquid.


BA Fine Art (Hons) at Byam Shaw School of Art at Central St Martins, London


Novartis/Daily Telegraph – Visions of Science – Photographic Awards – awarded Karen ‘Highly Commended’ in their 2005 awards.

Media and TV coverage:

Daily Telegraph – Visions of Science Awards 2005 ‘This Morning’ TV Show – September 2005


Karen completed 2 large installations for the new UK offices of Roche Pharmaceutical. A Six meter long – series of liquid crystal images, bonded onto reverse acrylic perspex for their new boardroom and a 10 seater meeting room.


2005 – Roche Pharmaceutical

Exhibitions (selected):

2000 – University of Hertfordshire Art & Design Faculty

2001 – Loading Bay Gallery, Brick Lane, London

2002 – Byam Shaw Summer Show

2004 – University of the Arts London

2005 – The Royal Society – London

2005 – Affordable Art Fair – London

2005 – Medical Edge – Euroart, London

2006 – Studio Fabrica, St Albans

2006 – Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

2007 – The Forge Spring Show

2007- Botany Bay, London

2007 – Light Gallery, London