Originally hailing from South Africa, ceramic artist Karlien van Rooyen now lives and works in South Australia. Her work is ultimately inspired by her deep connection to the environment, sustainability and respect for First Nations People.
She completed a degree in Contemporary Art at the University of South Australia after six years of environmental activism in North Western Australia. Her work is focussed on creating an understanding of contemporary spirituality in the context of environmental and cultural protection. Karlien is driven by the interrelationship between maker and material along with a teaching, ‘Seeing through feeling’, by the Goolarabooloo people of the Kimberly.
Karlien’s sculptures are concerned with perspectives on social and environmental sustainability. Utilising the visceral and time-capturing qualities of clay and memory, Karlien creates stylised ‘termite-mound’ vessels. Karlien has been the recipient of the Minter Ellison Award for Female Artist with Outstanding Creative Potential, Carclew International Project Grant 2018 and was selected for a seven week ceramic residency in 2018 in Jingdezhen, China.