• 2018  SCA Undergraduate Degree Show Opening
    All Welcome

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 6 PM – 9 PM
    University of Sydney College of the Arts
    Rozelle Campus Balmain Road, Lilyfield, New South Wales,

  • My Artwork "There Before" has been selected to be exhibited at Sydney University's Verge Gallery
    A studio based practice & Documents, Alternatives #2

    Opening January 18 2018, 6pm-8pm
    Continuing to February 24

  • Karen Benton Conceal Exhibition.
    Dedspace Gallery SCA Sydney Uni.
    Opening Thursday 6th April 2017 4-7pm

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  • In the Studio

    The evolution and realisation of my concepts

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  • Karen Benton Exposed Exhibition.
    Factory 49.
    Opening Thursday 9th March 2017 6-8pm
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  • Assemblage

    Painting in the Expanded Field

  • The Space in Between Exhibition
    Solo Exhibition at Artspace on the Concourse, Chatswood
    http://theconcourse.com.au/the-space-in-between/

  • Urbstraction

    Drawing inspiration from expressionism and street art

  • Geometric and Linear

    Abstraction

    Central to my practice is the production of a visual language which celebrates abstracting and distilling everyday imagery while also provoking an aura of suggestion.

  • Galleries

    Many galleries have sold my art. Thankyou David Hart, DTD, Frances Keevil, Global Gallery, Manyung, Moulton, Schubert Contemporary, SOHO, South Yarra Arthouse, Trevor Victor Harvey, Way of Design.

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  • Interiors

    Artwork available for both the private and corporate sectors. Clients include  Luke Mangan's Salt restaurant Tokyo, Sheraton on the Park Sydney and Tennis Australia.

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My art practice considers ruptured boundaries and transitional spaces and is intrigued by the oscillating dualities that exist in these spaces.

Welcome

I am a Sydney based, multi-disciplinary emerging artist with a practice that lies in the field of expanded painting.

Irrespective of my medium whether painted canvas, paper, textile, digital or perspex, my work is process driven and relies on curiosity, experimentation, composition and resonance.
I search for ways to push my work without them ceasing to exist as 'paintings'.

I aim to push past the boundaries of the conventional canvas/stretcher format in order to amplify the physical presence of painting. The components of traditional painting are manipulated and reconfigured into new forms.

The often-encountered in-between spaces are metaphorically depicted. Materials are manipulated to depict edges and voids as spaces of transition.
My work explores the tension created in these voids of transitional spaces through oscillating dualities such as inside/outside, absence/desire, perfect/imperfect, grotesque/beautiful, fragmented/whole, and chaos/control. 

Materials I use need to stimulate and capture my wonder and resonate with my emotional state. They need to surprise with their evolving and unexpected forms of expression through processes of folding, cutting, layering, threading and spontaneous falling and hanging.

I recently graduated from Sydney University SCA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts(BVA) and hold a Bachelor of Science(Hons) in Marine Science from University of NSW, and a Diploma in Visual Arts from International School of Colour and Design. 

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