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KAREN LEE

First Nations artist, a Wiradjuri woman residing in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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About Karen

Born in Darlinghurst, Sydney, Karen is connected to Wiradjuri Country "the land of the three rivers" and the Tubba-gah people around the Dubbo area.

She is an emerging artist whose work is influenced aesthetically by her local environment - the Blue Mountains and Nepean River in New South Wales and its surroundings. She is particularly interested in both the colour and patterns found in nature, and in the telling of stories. Karen’s artworks incorporate elements of Aboriginal symbols and she is fascinated with historical remnants, scars and unseen traces left in spaces.

"My aim is to produce artworks that are vibrant and have an aesthetic beauty while underpinned with ambiguous meaning and stories of the past. Historical or personal stories, I love the idea that past and present are inherently connected."

THE COLLAB #1

Karen has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2020 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with two designs in our retail collection.

Bush Berries

Acrylic on canvas
2020

The bush berry/bush tucker symbol is used in traditional Aboriginal art to map where food sources can be found. Karen uses this symbol in its traditional sense, although in her modern take on the imagery she repeats the symbol and paints it as a pattern, filling the canvas with the elements as though looking down on them from above.

She uses these elements to tell an underlying story of dispossession, the disconnection between culture and Aboriginal people, in a time where stories and traditions have been partially lost.

THE COLLAB #2

Karen has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2020 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with two designs in our retail collection.

Bush Berries

Acrylic on canvas
2020

The bush berry/bush tucker symbol is used in traditional Aboriginal art to map where food sources can be found. Karen uses this symbol in its traditional sense, although in her modern take on the imagery she repeats the symbol and paints it as a pattern, filling the canvas with the elements as though looking down on them from above.

She uses these elements to tell an underlying story of dispossession, the disconnection between culture and Aboriginal people, in a time where stories and traditions have been partially lost.