Monster Theatres artist highlight
Karla Dickens is a Wiradjuri artist living and working in Lismore, New South Wales. Despite training as a painter at the National Art School, Sydney, in the early 1990s, Dickens quickly turned to collage and sculptural assemblage. Dickens is also a skilled writer, often using poetry and prose to amplify the themes of her mixed-media collages and sculptures
A Dickensian Country Show
Upon stepping into A Dickensian Country Show, you enter a world of clowns, freaks, outcasts, misfits and mystics, where she has repurposed found objects. The collection and curation of second-hand circus paraphernalia, scoured from an auction house in Adelaide, expands upon Dickens’ collaging technique. Dickens reflects the world around her, revealing objects in a new light beyond their normal use or purpose.
Listen to Karla's story
A Dickensian Country Show is brimming with found objects, Dickens even sometimes uses objects which she finds discarded in hard rubbish.
Find an object around the home which has a history. It might be an item that has been in your family for a long time or it could be an object you have discovered in a second hand shop or an item that is destined for landfill.
Imagine you are that object. Tell a story about your life.
Here are some prompts to help get you started
- Where did your life begin?
- What have you seen and heard?
- Did you always look the way you do or have you changed over time?
- If you could talk, what would you say or what question might you ask?
Don't forget to enter your story into the 2020 Start Art Prize