Contemporary Impressions March 2018
This series of prints were exhibited at Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne. I'm glad I got to show them again after the initial appearance at my solo show in 2017. The creatures are from an ongoing series I'm creating. They are about Masalai which is a term given to spirits in Papua New Guinea (my cultural heritage). Masalai are mostly feared as they are said to trick humans and a lot of cultural stories indicate this. Anthropomorphic, two headed, beastly and totally wonderful for the imagination! They stem from animist beliefs that pervade today in PNG and other places.
The figures were made from collages in my show Flash Alternative Enigma's about Bilas or dressing up & transformation..
Its always the case that I feel over eager to see what the cut plate or etched plate looks like...the first proof:)) ...such anticipation to see what you have to work with...what the image looks like.. As such I only had a tube of red Speedball ink resulting in the second or third(?) part of the process and red proofs....The images are odd and I've noted all the bits I like and dislike; so by the time you read this I'm cutting again.
Summer rains in Brisbane. Lovely time indoors cutting lino pieces; accumulated drawings that took shape as a drawing before bed exercise...Id gotten this idea from a Louise Bourgeois monograph in which she detailed in an interview the many diaries she kept as a way to record her life. Seems like a way to capture both conscious and subconscious...Anyway I'm not disciplined in any way in terms of writing in diaries; I don't write meaningfully I only write to purge and I couldn't keep written ones and a visual one as I often combine the two or even just end up listing things like artists I'm interested in. Oh well being this way - I though id draw directly onto the lino block each night I remembered and cut whenever.... its a good beginning and I'm gradually finding that there are groups of things popping up.. and the series is taking shape. Always a 'series' in things isn't there? :}}
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Karen draws inspiration from her diverse cultural heritage. She is interested in the convergence of time, memory, identity and history, whilst also drawing from the language of dreams.