Museum of Brisbane

Karla Dickens

  • 09 Oct 2009 — 24 Dec 2009
  • Exhibition now closed

Karla Dickens’ work is concerned with feminine power, tradition, and the power of personal narrative.

Karla Dickens

The deaths of two family members provided a catalyst for the artist and are hovering presences, figuratively and literally, in her vividly coloured mixed-media works. The artworks explored personal and profound influences that pulse with intensity and energy.

Karla Dickens is an Indigenous artist who currently lives in Goonellabah. She works in a wide range of materials including painting and sculpture. Her recent work involves richly ornamented and collaged paintings, which use retrieved or scavenged textiles which come with a complex history of use and sentiment.

As Brisbane celebrated 150 years of the establishment of the city as a municipality, throughout 2009, Museum of Brisbane presented work by Indigenous artists to celebrate, acknowledge and honour the long history, culture and heritage of Indigenous people of the region.