Karen Disen has a broad interest of visual language and her main subjects in the field of drawing are composition, improvisation with a specialization in ornaments, a key to understand complexities in structures. She have her artistic practise within the contemporary metal and jewellery area.
Themes in her academic lectures and tutorials concern amongst others, methodical discussion of the visual language. She explores students’ sketches, the actions behind/ different ideas, aesthetical choices of materials as well as compositional aspects. How to tune qualities and get a precision, the value of different levels in experimenting processes. How to find once personal way to a result that might appear like a unified (integrated, cohesive) and vibrant (pulsating) expression.
As metal and jewellery artist, she work with braiding (plating) super thin spring steel, a material and a technique she has concentrated in since 1985. She creates both commissions, objects and jewellery. Her works are represented by the National museum Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim and Rösska Museum in Sweden.