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