Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Karen Salter

Artist Statement:
As a child in the 1970s I wanted to grow up to be an air hostess, wear glamorous clothes and live in the ‘Brady Bunch' house. As an adult these childhood aspirations have morphed into a sense of nostalgia for the world I optimistically viewed back then. This nostalgia combined with my interest in mid-20th century social and design histories permeates my art practice. It is expressed in my ‘house portraits’ of Mid-Century Modern homes located around the neighbourhoods I grew up in.
The paintings are informed by the stylistic simplicity of 1960s postcards. Exaggerated perspective, areas of flat colour, shadow placement and no superfluous detail allow the design elements of the houses to be the focus of the work. Inspired by the architecture, interiors, graphic design and fashion of the mid-20th century I seek to capture its essence, as idealised by my childhood self. This is at the core of my practice.
2010 - 2013 Diploma of Visual Art, Centre for Adult Education (CAE), Melbourne
2006 Foundation Studio Arts, Victorian College of the Arts
2002 Graduate studies in Art History, University of Melbourne (incomplete)
1984 -1988 Bachelor of Arts Interior Design, RMIT
2017 Who Remembers This House?, The Gallery at City Library, Melbourne
2022 In Full Sun, Gallery Jones Art and Frame House, Ripponlea
2022 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Ravenswood School for Girls, NSW
2022 Bayside Local, Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall
2021 Biblio Art Prize, Blarney Books and Art, Port Fairy
2018 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, St Kilda
2018 The Exquisite Palette, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood
2016 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, St Kilda
2016 Belle Arti Prize, Chapman and Bailey, Abbotsford
2015 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, St Kilda
2013 CAE Final Year Group Show, Tacit Contemporary Art, Abbotsford
2013 Small - scale found object sculptures, with Teresa Bennett, CAE Display Cases,
City Library Foyer, Melbourne
2012 Another’s Treasure, with Catherine Westerman, Rooftop Art Space, Melbourne
2012 Second Floor, Easey St Artists’ Studio and Gallery, Collingwood
2011 CAE First Year Diploma of Visual Art show, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne
2010 CAE First Year Diploma of Visual Art shows, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne
2006 End of year student show, Foundation Studio Arts, Victorian College of the Arts
Student Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Hudson Brown, Concrete Playground, September 11, 2017