The driving force behind Karla Dicken’s need to communicate is her cross cultural heritage, within which she often focuses on her Indigenous (Wiradjuri) bloodline, sexuality and life experiences as a soulful connected woman.
She uses recycled everyday items to explore notions of persistence amidst inherent violence and misunderstanding. Made with uncommon rawness and daring, her meticulously fabricated works emanate a rare truthfulness and honesty. Edgy and hard to confine, Dickens often cannibalises existing works to create new ones. She presents a wide-ranging andcreate new ones. She presents a wide-ranging and unique interpretation of the world, where past and present collide in a multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of her own making.
Karla Dickens, A Dickensian Circus, 2020, mixed-media installation. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, Create NSW and Justine and Damian Roche. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.
Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales