Since completing a Diploma of Visual Art at CAE (Centre for Adult Education) in 2013, Melbourne visual artist Karen Salter has been working from her shared studio space in Windsor.
In 2006 she completed Foundation Studio Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has studied Art History subjects at the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1988 from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts Interior Design.
Karen has exhibited at Rooftop Artspace, Easey Street Artist Studios and Gallery and The Journal Cafe. Her work has been shown in several student exhibitions at Tacit Contemporary, Pigment Gallery and at the VCA Student Gallery.
With a practice that incorporates both 2 and 3 dimensional works I am driven by a desire to evoke emotional and physical responses from an audience. This refers back to my experiences as a set designer for television productions and corporate events and my training in interior design.
My subjects are always derived from what is immediately around me. This can be parts of my collection of found objects, the built or natural environment and often myself.
Preferring to use oil paints for painting and a combination of found objects and commonly used everyday materials for my sculpture, I aim to create visual and textural contrast in my work.
Currently I am working on a series of oil paintings depicting the mid century modern houses found around my neighbourhood.