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Karla Dickens

b. 1967

Karla Dickens’s work is informed by dreamlike revelations of country, but also issues of identity, gender politics, spiritualism and the environment. Frequently incorporating found objects, it often includes cross motifs, text and beading on painted canvas surfaces. She has exhibited throughout Australia and abroad since the early 1990s. Her major solo exhibition, King Hit by a Life-Like Liquid (2016), comprised six floors of exhibition space at Allens, Deutsche Bank Place in Sydney. She has been represented in important group exhibitions including Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia (2017); The National 2017: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney and Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art at the National Art School Gallery, Sydney (2017). In 2018 she was finalist in the King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Prize and in 2015 received an Asialink residency which she undertook at Cemeti Art House, Indonesia and Artback in the Northern Territory. Among many awards and grants, Dickens was awarded the 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowship for Visual Art. Her work is held in the National Gallery of Australia; National Museum of Australia; Australian National Maritime Museum; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Artbank, Sydney; Artspace Mackay and Bendigo Art Gallery. Dickens is represented by Andrew Baker Art Gallery in Brisbane.

Updated 2019
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