Christchurch based artist Kara Burrowes creates multi-media work, both assemblage and painting. Burrowes' work intends to make sense of the complexity of the urban landscape through observation, selection, modification, distortion, deletion and re-organisation.
Her textured assemblage artworks use reclaimed native timbers from earthquake destroyed buildings in her home city of Christchurch. Using these found quality native timbers and reclaimed weatherboards (some painted, some not) she carefully cuts and reassembles the pieces to create a detailed mosaic-like relief sculpture. Through the creation of each work Burrowes transforms the material to a precious art object. Burrowes works are poetic responses to observations made during a testing period of recent history for New Zealand.
Kara Burrowes gained a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), Bachelor Fine Arts in Painting and a Graduate Diploma in Design. Burrowes was a Finalist at the prestigious Wallace Art Awards in 2017 and 2018. Burrowes was also a participant on the 2019 Design Junkies television series hosted by Shane
Hansen. In this competition-based show, Burrowes was named the winner of the ‘Masterpiece
Challenge’ and the Second Place contestant overall.
Through the creation of each work Kara Burrowes transforms her source material to a precious art object. Imbuing the work with rich and layered meaning.