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Karen Prakhoff Rickman is a Perth based contemporary artist. She completed a Master of Creative Arts at Curtin University in 2006. Rickman has exhibited in Perth and Melbourne, been a finalist in numerous art awards and winner of the City of Melville Art Awards 2021 (acquisitive).

Her recent practice explores the idea of the palimpsest landscape as evocation. Monoprinting (unique state prints) is ideally suited to this deliberate overwriting of images with each layer simultaneously creating and denying form. This process is integral to both the aesthetics and meaning of the work - it speaks of memory, time, loss and renewal.

We are inextricably linked with nature and specific aspects of landscapes resonate with our memories and thoughts. Rickman creates her prints in her studio from her photos of landscape fragments divorced from their context, and the memories they evoke. The square format of much of her work echoes that of the traditional Polaroids she initially used for inspiration, now supplemented with iPhone images.

Rickman works on 2 or 3 prints at a time, exploring an idea and creating links through the repetition of elements via ghost prints, mirror images, and torn paper or bark stencils. She draws into or applies ink with rollers, brushes, rags and cotton buds. There is deliberate oscillation between surface and depth; between marks on paper and spatial illusion.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

Site Unseen (with Marina van Leeuwen), Earlywork, WA

2021

Featured Artist, NEXTDOOR, WA

2020

Fugitive Fragments, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2019

Soliloquy, Nyisztor Studio, WA

2019

Altered States, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA

2016

Liminal Spaces, Showcase Gallery Central Institute of Technology, WA

2006

All That Is Solid, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

Solastalgia, Lost Eden Creative, WA

2021

Modern Holiday Exhibition, Kamile Gallery, WA

2021

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Red Gallery, Melbourne

2020

Modern Holiday Exhibition, Kamile Gallery, WA

2020

NEXTDOOR 24/7 art venue, WA

2019

Scene 2019, Nyisztor Studio, WA

2018

Scene 2018, Nyisztor Studio, WA

2004

I think I see…, Curtin University, WA

AWARDS

2022

Finalist, Melville Art Awards, WA

2022

Finalist, Belmont Art Awards, WA

2022

Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, WA

2021

Overall Winner (Acquisitive), City of Melville Art Awards, WA

2021

Finalist, City of Stirling Art Awards, WA

2021

Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, WA

2020

Finalist, City of Busselton Art Award, WA

2020

Finalist, City of Bayswater Community Art Awards, WA

2019

Finalist, City of Melville Art Awards, WA

2019

Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, WA

2018

Salon des Refusé, Perth Royal Art Prize, WA

2018

Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, WA

2006

Invited artist, Joondalup Art Award, WA

2004

Finalist, Fremantle Print Award, WA

1999

Winner (Acquisitive), Printmakers Association of WA Award

COLLECTIONS

City of Melville, WA

Eden Floreat Apartments, WA (11 prints)

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land where I work and live, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and pay my respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. I celebrate the continuing culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

© 2021 Karen Prakhoff Rickman

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