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2017/56/1 Installation, 'Bound', canvas straightjackeds wth mixed media, Karla Dickens, Goonellabah, New South Wales, Australia, 2015. Click to enlarge.

'Bound' by Karla Dickens

Artist
Karla Dickens is a Wiradjuri woman and an award-winning contemporary artist whose work draws on her Indigenous heritage, sexuality and experiences as a single mother on welfare. She has more than twenty years of artmaking practice, first graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts in 1993, then a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000, both from the National Art School, Sydney. (1) Karla utilises a diverse range of media such as sculpture, textiles, poetry, painting, photography and found materials in her …

Summary

Object No.

2017/56/1

Object Statement

Installation, 'Bound', canvas straightjackeds wth mixed media, Karla Dickens, Goonellabah, New South Wales, Australia, 2015

Physical Description

Comprising 6 parts: Bound by Addiction, Bound by Beauty Myths, Bound by Children, Bound by Land, Bound by Marriage, Bound by Money, and artist's statement in the form of a poem.

Overall: Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, plastic monkeys, printed cotton, plastic combs, human hair, waxed linen thread, artificial flowers, embroidery, artificial lace, cows' teeth, homemade wire dog muzzles, printed canvas moneybag

Parts:
Bound by Addiction:
Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, plastic monkeys, printed cotton, coat hanger

Bound by Beauty Myths:
Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, plastic combs, human hair, waxed linen thread, coat hanger

Bound by Children:
Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, artificial flowers, embroidery, artificial lace, coat hanger

Bound by Land:
Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, cow teeth, vintage printed cotton material, coat hanger

Bound by Marriage:
Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, vintage printed cotton material, homemade wire dog muzzles, waxed linen thread, coat hanger

Bound by Money:
Canvas straightjacket with brass buckles, vintage printed cotton material, printed canvas money-bag, coat hanger

For full artist's statement see Significance Statement.

Marks

No marks

Production

Notes

'Bound' was created by Karla Dickens in 2015 in Goonellabah, a suburb of Lismore in northern New South Wales. Dickens was born in Sydney (b.1967) and is a Wiradjuri artist whose work draws on her Indigenous heritage, sexuality and experiences as a single mother on welfare. Karla utilises a diverse range of media such as sculpture, textiles, poetry, painting, photography and found materials in her work. (1)

Karla graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts in 1993 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000, both from the National Art School, Sydney. Karla's work was exhibited as part of 'The National 2017: new Australian art' at Carriageworks in Sydney, 'Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial' at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as well as in a solo exhibition, 'Black and Blue' at Andrew Baker Art Dealer in Brisbane.

Karla says of her work, 'I have two loves in life: art and family and a passion for protest. To ask questions, to give voice and light, with a desire for change. To protest as an individual, art is my voice yet walking and standing alongside others smooths the powerlessness. There is a power in asserting objection shoulder-to-shoulder and disapproval of the obvious injustices, pains and truths of the unheard. It is an action that holds the hope that, once a story is told, a change in the unacceptable will be born and grow.' (2)

References:
(1) 'Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial', Tina Baum (ed), NGA, Canberra, 2017, pp49-51, 146.
(2) Biography supplied by Andrew Baker Art Dealer, 20 May 2017.

History

Notes

This artwork was displayed in 'Black and Blue', Karla Dickens' solo exhibition, at Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2016 and also in 'The National 2017: New Australian Art' at Carriageworks, Eveleigh, New South Wales, Australia, 30 March - 25 June 2017.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

12 December 2017

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Bound' by Karla Dickens 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 2 August 2021, <https://ma.as/549893>

Wikipedia

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