- Media category
- Materials used
- inkjet print on 300gsm Hahnemühle paper
- 30.0 × 196.35 cm image; 40.0 × 206.35 cm sheet
- Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2022
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Karla Dickens/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
From her home on Bundjalung country (Lismore, NSW), cross-cultural Wiradjuri woman Karla Dickens works in a wide range of media, unflinchingly interrogating subjects such as race, violence, gender and injustice. To these strong topics she brings an exquisite sensitivity and a black humour in equal measure.
Around the same time she was preparing ‘A Dickensian Circus’ for the Biennale of Sydney (and now in the Gallery’s collection), Dickens was invited, as one of six NSW women artists, to contribute a proposal for a sculptural panel for the Gallery’s historic facade.
This inkjet print was part of Dickens’ winning concept, alongside a hood crafted from vintage tea towels (‘In the hood #8’ 2017, also now in the collection).
Dickens says the hoods depicted in the print – and the sculpture commission – speak of enforced invisibility and act as reminders of some of the worst agonies of recent Aboriginal experience. ‘The work’, she says, ‘is about women and invisibility … the legacy of Aboriginal women today.’ The final commissioned work will be, she adds, ‘important to me, and to my mob from northern New South Wales, to have this chance to speak.’
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Oct 2019–08 Mar 2020
Other works by Karla Dickens
See all 12 works