Karen Seaman

Since graduating from Canberra School of Art in the late 80’s, I have maintained my arts practice by consistently exhibiting, securing public and private commissions, entered awards, competitions and winning prizes with my work.

In 2009 I returned to the South West to establish my current studio and gallery on our family’s 140-acre bush block. This quiet, natural environment has had a strong influenced on my work. It has inspired me to extend ideas that explore biological processes and our intimate connection to the natural world.

Art making is an intellectual pursuit. Current issues in my life and the environments I inhabit, inform ideas. My creative process invariably leads to working in series. I read, research and use observational drawing to generate bodies of work. Techniques or materials tie the works in each series together, as I continue to expand and explore my thoughts. I love to draw, paint, play with printmaking, and create functional or sculptural works with clay, concrete and found objects to express my ideas.

Currently my works explores the links between the Fungi and Plant Kingdoms. Recent discoveries in microbiology have indicated that these Kingdoms are more closely linked than was previously thought. I have used micro and macroscopic images that relate to the bio diverse forests of the Southwest to express these ideas, paying special attention to the indigenous flora. I am interested in the idea that fungi and plants communicate to support the health of forest ecosystems and have drawn parallels to our wirelessly connected world.

In the 2019 Open Studios Event, I will be exhibiting my latest works on paper, oil paintings from my island travels, small sculptural works and pots for cacti, succulents and bonsai. Get off the beaten track and visit my peaceful studio, gallery and garden in the bush.

249 Jacka Road, Boallia

Directions: From Busselton follow Queen Elizabeth Drive to Payne Road, turn left onto BoalliaRoad and follow the signs.

From Margaret River follow Jindong Treeton Road north, turn right onto Gale Road and follow the signs. Take the back road between towns.

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T: 0404 124 273

seaman.karen@gmail.com

 

Please note that many of the studios are private venues and not open to the public outside of the Open Studio's event dates. If you wish to visit a studio at an alternative time please contact the artist directly.