Karen Choy

23 January – 17 February 2016

karen-choy

Karen Choy

Wind Beneath My Wings 28×22×33cm white earthenware, sancai lead glazes, iron oxide

Karen Choy
Ark

Opening Thursday 28 January
23 January – 17 February 2016

In Ark Karen Choy continues to delight with her beautifully whimsical ceramic sculptures, inspired by her love of animals and interest in the art of the Chinese Tang Dynasty period. Time spent recently at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo has given Karen an opportunity to study the animals in closer detail, exploring her affinity to each animal’s particular and curious gestures. This time around she has also focused on each animal’s textured skin, which has resulted in a more muted and darker range of colours with more textured and mottled glazes compared to the more colourful and polished glazes we are more familiar with

With reference to the biblical Noah’s Ark, “Ark” is a menagerie of animals left to fend for themselves, with different species living in harmony & surviving together. The animals are symbols of hope and harmonic coexistence, and I have used their natural gestures & poses to create animal totems, with animals balancing on top of each other resulting in a quirky and humorous outcome

In her visually captivating style Karen also manages to highlight the serious issue of endangered species due to poaching and loss of habitat in works such as Endangered Totem which illustrates the painted horns conservationists employ to deter poachers

Karen completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School, Sydney in 2005. Since then she has exhibited regularly at the Robin Gibson Gallery in numerous solo and group shows. A number of her exhibitions have benn included in the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festivals


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