Kari Stewart

Bluffs and other drawings

‘Bluffs and other drawings’  takes as its starting point the marks and carvings that have accumulated within the space over time and seeks to draw parallels between the artist’s studio and the disused jail cell, raising questions about how we determine what is ‘valuable time’ or ‘valuable activity’. ‘Bluffs and other drawings’ incorporates deliberate artworks alongside an accumulation of accidental marks, objects and byproducts collected from the artist’s studio, which have been fed through cycles of destruction, alteration, and rearrangement in an effort to respond honestly to the architectural and historical context of the space.


My work looks at shifting relationships between real, virtual, and imagined spaces. Through often meticulously rendered drawings, I attempt to create more intimate experiences of images and texts that have become unstuck from their original context. Often working from found internet images and texts, online stock photos, and a painting app on my phone, my process of appropriation and translation explores ideas around mutability and the potential for subjective readings to undermine mass cultural narrative. Collectively, my work reflects a search for meaning in a shifting, fragmented landscape made up of an increasingly digital collective experience.

Kari Stewart (born Texas 1981) is a visual artist based in Glasgow. She received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2008, and has served as a committee member for Glasgow Project Room since 2010. Recent projects include #Instagood (solo show) The Chalet, Glasgow (2016); We’ll Make Art of Fragments (solo show), The Armenian Centre for Contemporary and Experimental Art, Yerevan (2013), and an RSA funded residency at Inshriach Bothy (2013) as part of the 2013 Residencies for Scotland Programme.