Karlee Rawkins


Artist Statement


My work demonstrates a long running interest in animal imagery. This most recent series focuses on animals that are traditionally hunted, for example bears, deer and game birds. With this subject, I hope to achieve a sense of vulnerability. I am interested in the contradictory romance and status involved with the hunt. Of recent inspiration have been medieval tapestries and also the forest scenes of traditional Middle Eastern imagery.


I am interested in devices used to signify sacredness or encourage awe of a subject, particularly in religious and folk imagery. Dominant central figures, repetitive motifs and circular halo effects are used in my compositions.


I consider the circular repeated motif in my latest series as part arrow and part tree, sprouting like foliage from the figure. My compositions are intentionally ambiguus suggesting animal, pattern and landscape simultaneously. Through this imagery I hope to express a sense of ritual and the broader themes of mortality and extinction.


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