Carmen Ky portrait

Snail Trails & String Theory

Snail Trails & String Theory,
Acrylic and oil paint on canvas

Primarily a painter and printmaker, Carmen Ky is also known for her photography, drawings, and collaborative projects. Her work references the interface of western abstract painting and eastern philosophy. It is infused with Buddhist concepts and environmental concern. Carmen Ky’s creative skill with multiple paint and print media results in work that is instilled with energy, rhythms of colour, light and lines that define space and express a relationship between all the fundamental forces of a unified field and the poetics of abstraction.

“As a visual artist I explore the intersection of abstraction and figuration in painting, investigate cross-cultural meaning and celebrate the numinous presence of natural environments. Immersion and contemplation in diverse landscapes and the ancient natural philosophy of the Five Elements has inspired work responding to deserts, ocean, mountains, rainforest, air and space itself.

“I acknowledge Australia’s First Nations People, the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which I work and live, the Dharawal speaking Wodi Wodi clan of the Illawarra.”