Karen Boulden, Textile Artist





"For me, creating art is not just about the finished piece but more about the process. To be completely consumed so that time no longer seems to exist is profoundly satisfying. To make a piece of work that pleases me, and more importantly, others, is not only rewarding but also fulfils a strong need to engage with others on a different level from everyday interaction.

Most of my work, even if it is in response to a brief, is influenced by nature. I spend a lot of my leisure time on the mountain at Tallarook, where the beauty and energy of nature never ceases to amaze and delight me. My preference is to use natural and found materials and I seem to be drawn to the colours, textures and tones of the bush.

I work a lot with objects or materials that I find on my wanderings on the mountain. These include animal bones,rusty metals, kitchen paraphernalia and discarded waste which I integrate with fibres such as silk and wool. I choose silk and wool, whether in felted or knitted form, because their warmth, softness, rich colours and versatility lend themselves to the construction of pieces that can reflect the beauty, strength and vulnerability of our natural environment."


Exhibition

Karen Boulden - The Bones of Angels
2 - 21 April 2012, Opening Tuesday April 3, 6-8 pm
Chapman & Bailey Gallery, 350 Johnston St, Abbotsford

Essay, The Bones Of Angels, Robert Hollingworth 2012 (pdf)



The Bones of Angels
Wombat teeth on silk, 100 x 78cm





The Darkness Behind
Wombat teeth on silk, 100 x 78cm





To This Mountain
Wombat bones on silk, 100 x 78cm





Long Shadows
Kangaroo boones on silk, 100 x 78cm





I See Me
Kangaroo boones on silk, 100 x 78cm





In The Night
Echidna quills on silk, 78 x 100cm





On This Mountain 1
Wombat teeth on silk, 50 x 42cm





On This Mountain 2
Kangaroo boones on silk, 50 x 42cm





On This Mountain 3
Echidna quills on silk, 50 x 42cm





On This Mountain 4
Echidna quills on silk, 50 x 42cm





Bones of Angels #1
Wombat bones on silk, 45 x 35cm





Bones of Angels #2
Juvenile kangaroo bones on silk, 45 x 35cm





Bones of Angels #3
Juvenile kangaroo bones on silk, 45 x 35cm





Bones of Angels #4
Juvenile kangaroo bones on silk, 45 x 35cm





Bones of Angels #5
Juvenile kangaroo bones on silk, 45 x 35cm





Bones of Angels #6
Wombat bones, echidna quills on silk, 45 x 35cm





Bones of Angels #7
Juvenile kangaroo bones on silk, 45 x 35cm





2011



Egress
35 x 45cm





Emergence
35 x 45cm





Gangarru
35 x 45cm





Return
35 x 45cm





Last Sunset
Wombat bones lashed to hand dyed, manipulated silk
35 x 45cm






After Life
Wombat bones lashed to hand dyed and rusted silk
35 x 45 cm






Portal into the Night
Wombat bones lashed to hand dyed & rusted silk
35 x 45 cm






Moon Rising
Wombat bones lashed to hand dyed and rusted silk
35 x 45 cm






Squamates - Latin for snakes scales
Found metal formed into scales with four hand dyed and embroidered "replicas" secreted within the piece, mounted on hand dyed belgian linen
45 x 35 cm






Sunset
Felted wool and machine stitch
40 x 30cm






Landscape
Hand dyed silk on felt, machine stitch
40 x 30cm






Knitted Bones
Found Wallaby bones joined with knitted silk





Rain
Black felt overlaid with layered white silk, green organza, silk stitch
15cm x 10cm




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