– Miri Hirschfeld –

By November 2013

Karen Black artist profile

When I look at Black’s works I find myself searching: for figures, faces, meaning. That’s the power of these paintings – they make you look closely and contemplate the large issues. At a time when art can be so physically demanding, so active – it moves, it makes noise, it requires participation – it can be difficult for a painting to command attention in the same way. Black’s paintings do this by referring to the wider world in which they are produced. They raise questions, create fictions, tell stories, arouse our curiosity, and all the while demonstrate Black’s desire to investigate the properties of colour, surface and paint. – Miri Hirschfeld

Karen Black, Flower’s grave, 2013, detail; oil on marine plywood, 67 x 116 cm; courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney