Artist Profile - Karen White
Where do you live?
I live in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia but will be moving to Melbourne in Victoria to open my own art space next year.
What is art?
Art is creating something for the sake of it. I've volunteered in a couple of galleries to get experience and I find that Art seems to mean different things to different people. It is really too broad a statement to answer as it is just to variable.
How did you learn to create your art?
I studied animation for 4 years and went on to do other subjects working with other media like ceramics, sculpture and drawing. I discovered I could use a lot more things to create than the conventional pencil and paint even though they are still a mainstay of my practise.
How do you describe your artistic style(s)?
I have a few styles at the moment that range from cartoony (probably that animation study) to mixed media collage.
What media and tools do you normally use to create art?
I use lino cuts, paint. paper, ink among other things. I also do some Sculpture using recycled items and things like cement, paper mache and wire.
What method do you follow to create your art?
No particular order or method.
Where do you create art?
I have a studio in my house and I also like to design things while wathcing the TV. the kitchen and dining room table get a workout as well.
What inspires you to create art?
I really don't need to be inspired too much. Sometimes a particular pattern or print may inspire me but that's about it. I am one of those prolific types that does not suffer from Artist's block.
How do you feel when you create art?
When I am creating art I feel balanced, happy and like I am meant to be doing it. I am in my element.
How long does it take you (on average) to create an artwork?
It can take from a couple of hours to several days depending on what I am doing. If I had to average it out it would be 3 - 4 hours.
What are your favorite subjects for creating art?
Animals and nature.
What are your favorite artworks?
- Dali's - Galatea of the Spheres and Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their arms the Skins of an Orchestra.
- Frida Khalo's -Self portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird.
What suggestions do you have for new artists?
Just do it. Just be who you want to be and remember the little mistakes you may make with your work may make it that much more special.
Who are your favorite artists?
Where do I start, Salvador Dali, Frida Khalo to name a couple. I have many favourites.
Who influences your art the most?
I don't think it is a particular artist or anything like that. Mood, colour, books or films I have read or seen, recent exhibitions I have been to, that sort of thing.
What is the first thing you think when you look at your art work from 1-3 years ago and how has your work changed since you started creating?
I am more confident and willing to try new ways of doing things. I have been a lot more experimental and a certain style is starting to emerge.
Do you live off of your art income?
Unfortunately not. Hopefully that will change when I open my space.
If you've sold art to people other than family and close friends, what marketing did you carry out to obtain those sales?
I have just gone to the local markets, cafe's, galleries etc. I have also been using Red bubble and Zazzle.
What do you do when you aren't creating or marketing your art?
I'm a Research Assistant. I interview people for medical studies. I love reading,looking after my many pets and going out to art openings and restaurants.
Do you have any regrets as an artist?
That I do not do it full time.
Where to find Karen's Art:
Zazzle store: www.zazzle.com/kewzoo