11 - 28 October
In this exhibition artist Karen Gruber explores the ideas of acceptance and resistance, using watercolour, soft pastel, pencil and pen on paper. For her first solo show, Karen has interwoven her delicate artwork style with powerful themes to produce an exhibition that is both universal and deeply personal.
There are times when Karen has needed to accept what was happening, or resist it and take a stance. Living with a personality disorder often makes this choice overwhelming and emotionally crippling.
“I have come to appreciate that whether I accept or resist is not a stand-alone decision, but a reflection of my experiences and processes leading up to that choice," says Karen. "These in between moments where foundations of choice are built are my inspiration.”
“Often an idea or concept will come to me during quiet times where I am just living, like an ah-ha moment when some parts of life have come together to form an image. From there I will start with a vague plan, lay some basic forms, then I let the art take its own shape. My works never end where I imagine them and the process of getting to know each piece as it manifests itself is very healing and insightful for me.”