Karlee Rawkins’ poignant imagery of wildlife and flora examines the symbolic and totemic meanings nature holds within the human psyche. Emphasizing the beauty and vulnerability of her subjects, Rawkins is attracted to the ways in which pattern and line intersect with form and colour. Skillfully integrating representation with subtle abstraction, her confident and joyful use of colour, line and form is interwoven with patterns reminiscent of vintage prints and fabric design.
Dividing her work into various locations such as the meadow, the aviary, the forest, and the orchard, recent works have been based on edible plants as well as poultry and game birds with a particular emphasis on rare and heirloom species.
says of her practice, 'I use animal imagery in my work as a metaphor for human
emotions and experiences. The animals are distorted and flattened, often combining
with pattern to create intentionally ambiguous compositions. I aim to emphasize
the vulnerability and awkwardness of my subject and challenge a viewers recognition
and sense of association.'
trained at Southern Cross University and has exhibited extensively since 1994.
In 2003 she was the recipient of The Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship and
in 2005 and 2007 was a finalist in the Prometheus Art Award. In 2004 she held
a 5 months residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France and
has travelled widely through North India and South East Asia. Most recently Rawkins
has shown at Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW and Anthea Polson Gallery in Queensland.