Karen Coull

Small Stories #3 | 2023 | vintage paper, paint, ink | 81.5 x 65.5cm

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2023 - Finalist

[Image courtesy of the artist]

Karen Coull | Small Stories #3 | 2023 | vintage paper, paint, ink | 81.5 x 65.5cm

Artist Statement

"Whenever I visit her, she gives me cuttings. All of mine are from familiar places" (Bell & Hawkes, Generations p 25)

In my art practice I attempt to investigate notions of history. Personal histories versus traditional patriarchal histories. I make records of myself and my experiences. I fossick through the notions that devalue the domestic sphere and emphasise the anecdotal and the personal story in my practice. The small stories that give things meaning or enable understanding.

I diffidently use myself as a reference point from which to move and by so doing challenge the notions of ‘high vs low’ art.

I like to celebrate the unwanted and the discarded and recycle domestic materials; especially vintage books and papers and use collage and traditionally domestic processes.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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