Karla Dickens

Second skin


Polystyrene, fibreglass and steel

210 × 120 × 120 cm

Photo credit: Sean Davey

Photo by Mick Richards

Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane


Karla Dickens is an artist of Wiradjuri, Irish and German heritage, who has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Dickens’ important group exhibitions include Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia (2017); The National 2017: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney and Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art at the National Art School Gallery, Sydney (2017).
Her work is held in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; and Artbank, Sydney.
She is represented by Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.


Second skin
Covered in battle scars and two-bit armour
the warrior finds peaceful moments
sitting in reflection
digging-up courage and more raw nerve
licking deep wounds
she prepares to rise once more
fighting the next round
beaten and bruised she shines
Our Mother 

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