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Karen Mills

Karen Mills

Karen Mills is a Darwin-based artist and descendant of the Balanggarra people, of the Oombulgurri and Forrest River reserve, in the East Kimberley, Western Australia. 

Her practice investigates themes of identity, connection and disconnection with her Aboriginal heritage. Her abstract paintings are generally landscape-based, described by the artist as ‘lyrical landscapes of memory’, inspired by her experience and memory of Country. These works capture a sense of the rich history and survival of traditional culture and connection to Country hidden beneath layers of sediment.

Mills' work has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Parliament House Art Collection, as well as private collections in Australia and internationally.

In 2018, Mills was awarded an Arts Fellowship through the Northern Territory Government Arts Fellowship Program to advance her skills in printmaking, where she developed a body of new work based on research around the history of Elliot, Northern Territory.

In 2019, Mills was announced as a finalist in the Guirguis New Art Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Ballarat, Victoria.

In 2021 Mills was appointed by Regional Arts Australia as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Regional Assembly, an artist led online studio program connecting cultural practitioners working in regional and remote geographies across the Asia-Pacific. In the same year, Mills' work Untitled 2019 was featured on the cover of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) publication Art Collection: First Impressions, featuring selected Indigenous works from the ACU Art Collection, and was featured at the Art Gallery of South Australia’s 2021 Tarnanthi exhibition, as part of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art festival presented in Adelaide, South Australia.

© The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022

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