Karon busts out the reef and trop­ics

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK - Madi­son Wil­liams

KARON Sacks is a chilli en­thu­si­ast. She sprin­kles chilli flakes on ev­ery meal, has a chilli tat­too and a red hot “chilli van”.

By na­ture she is some­one who takes things to extremes and when she started creat­ing busts 15 years ago it was no dif­fer­ent.

“I’m a bit manic and I’m a bit hec­tic so to slow my­self down it’s good ther­apy, it’s like yoga for me,” she said.

“I think if you speak to most cre­ative peo­ple who speak through their art they find them­selves in their work.”

She comes from an artis­tic family.

Her two older sis­ters and mother were con­stantly creat­ing.

Fif­teen years ago Karon de­cided to chan­nel that artis­tic gene and made her first mould, a bust of a fe­male torso.

Since then she has cre­ated busts made of wax, busts painted with gold leaf and of course, busts adorned with chillis.

“The be­gin­ning of the mould is done with clay, so you get a slab of clay and just go for it,” she said.

“Get a pic­ture of your sub­ject and try to re­pro­duce that.

“That’s what I re­pro­duced in my kitchen many moons ago.”

Karon’s mould is made of a se­cret for­mula that dries to a light­weight bust. Solid but de­cep­tively light. “The for­mula for my mould is kind of dif­fer­ent. I’m al­ways so ver­bally ex­pres­sive and hon­est about my work but I guess some­times you just have to be a bit dis­cern­ing,” she said.

“It’s durable and great for tourists be­cause they can put it in their bag.

“My busts are de­signed for in­door us­age and each one is dif­fer­ent.

“They look like a fin­ger­print, they never come out the same.”

As her craft grows so does her craving to try new and ad­ven­tur­ous things.

She’s started en­ter­tain­ing the idea of ice sculp­tures, dog paw moulds and can­vas art, stray­ing out­side the con­ven­tion of male and fe­male tor­sos.

“A lady ap­proached me and asked me to do a mould of her body,” she said.

“You can ac­tu­ally do a mould of the body, cast it and then make it look like metal.

“So any­one who’s brave enough I can get it done.

“I’m al­ways open to try­ing new things and ex­pand­ing my port­fo­lio.”

She finds in­spi­ra­tion in na­ture. Ev­ery crea­ture great and small to her is to be ad­mired.

Her lat­est work is to chan­nel the “rus­tic raw­ness” of the Great Bar­rier Reef, creat­ing busts that are painted bril­liant hues of blue, brown and cop­per.

Her work is on show at Stu­dio 9 in Moss­man.

If you wish to con­tact Karon send her an email at



Karon Sacks sits on a throne of her own busts

A reef in­spired bust

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