Karon busts out the reef and tropics
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