Meet the young artist with a love for per­spec­tive

IN­TRO­DUC­ING ARTIST KARRI MCPHER­SON

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Soon af­ter be­ing born in Hong Kong, Karri Mcpher­son im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia with her fam­ily, liv­ing in the Gold Coast and Roma for the next 18 years.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school, she spent three months trav­el­ling South East Asia be­fore mov­ing to Toowoomba to pur­sue a ca­reer in the arts.

She is cur­rently com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Cre­ative Art at the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land and de­scribes her art­work as an ex­plo­ration into per­spec­tive.

“I’m fas­ci­nated by the ca­pac­ity of the hu­man mind and the ways in which we per­ceive our sur­round­ings,” she said, adding that her cur­rent prac­tice aims to ex­plore the ma­nip­u­la­tion of im­me­di­ate space by toy­ing with re­al­ity.

“In other words, I’m in­ter­ested in dis­tort­ing en­vi­ron­ments through per­spec­tive.

“Geo­met­ric shapes and forms pro­vide me with a plat­form to in­ves­ti­gate the essence of depth and the qual­i­ties that trick us into per­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple di­men­sions on a flat sur­face.”

Karri said she uses acrylic paints to cre­ate her work be­cause of the paint’s fast-dry­ing na­ture.

“It al­lows me to pro­duce my art­work in a much shorter time­frame.”

She has worked on a range of sur­faces, from can­vas and linen, to wooden pan­els and, re­cently, walls.

“I re­ally en­joy the di­a­logue my work shares with the ar­chi­tec­ture in a space,” she said.

Her visit to a Yayoi Kusama in­stal­la­tion at MONA two years ago en­cour­aged her to trans­late her paint­ings into mu­rals.

“I felt in­spired by her work. I en­joyed ex­plor­ing the dy­namic my can­vas works can share with an in situ paint­ing.”

Karri finds in­spi­ra­tion in her sur­round­ings, with dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in­spir­ing new com­po­si­tions and colour com­bi­na­tions in her work.

For Karri, colour plays an im­por­tant role in life, hav­ing the ca­pac­ity to change our mood and tap into our emo­tions.

“It has the power to con­vey or con­ceal a mes­sage and to morph the emo­tions of who­ever ex­pe­ri­ences it. It’s also im­por­tant be­cause of its uni­ver­sal­ity – it has the abil­ity to de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­spite any cul­tural or lin­gual bar­ri­ers.”

If Karri could cre­ate a paint­ing for any­one in the world, it would be for her grand­mother who passed away three years ago.

“In her paint­ing, I would use soft pas­tels and pur­ple tones to re­flect her sweet and car­ing na­ture, en­com­pass­ing her gen­tle per­son­al­ity within the sub­tle nu­ances be­tween the tones. I would in­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent pur­ple hues through­out the paint­ing to cel­e­brate her love of laven­der (her favourite flower).”

When asked about favourite project so far, Kar­rie said she had a very re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ear­lier this year when she painted a bar mu­ral at ‘Bar Wun­der’.

“I loved the out­come of that project,” she added.

Karri said her cur­rent se­ries of works for her ex­hi­bi­tion A Mat­ter of Form have chal­lenged her to gen­er­ate com­po­si­tions and colour com­bi­na­tions which in­sin­u­ate ad­di­tional di­men­sions on a flat sur­face.

Her ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at the Toowoomba Re­gional Art Gallery from Oc­to­ber 13 to Novem­ber 11, with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion sched­uled for 1.30pm on Oc­to­ber 14.

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