Karen Ball




Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia


My art practice involves the making of three dimensional objects, printmaking and research. After many years of making art, I embarked on tertiary study as a mature age student completing a Bachelor of Visual Art ( Hons 1) and Master of Visual Art. Study initiated a strong interest in art theory and history, and continues to inform my creative endeavours.
This year I was awarded The Ursula Hoff Internship to conduct a study of the print collections of The Ian Potter Museum, The National Gallery of Victoria and The Baillieu Library ( The University of Melbourne). The benefits gained through access to these collections are immeasurable.  My chosen area of study is The Depiction of Women in Prints from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. I am currently completing several thematically based research papers which pertain to aspects of that research.
I find that studio and research work are an ideal combination. One informs the other. The creative possibilities are infinite.    


The Work of Art in the Age of Environmental Degradation: Exploring the form of contemporary printmaking


In 1936, Walter Benjamin stated that due to technological changes, humanity's entire mode of existence and the way we view the work of art were yet to be fully determined.  This statement has as much relevance today, particularly in the context of art which addresses vital issues of the environment, dubious scientific research and how they impact the whole of humanity. The twenty first century artist who wishes to address those issues is somewhat burdened with the weight of imparting an unpleasant message while also engaging the audience. Two printmaking artists have successfully achieved this goal through imaginative and creative deconstruction.


Tuesday 27 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm






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