Impressions of La Puna
Karen Landt-Isley is an Australian artist who lives in paradise on Magnetic Island, Australia, whose artistic practice, predominately a fusion art and photography, has been ongoing for 25 years. Her artworks are created through photography, printmaking, and artist’s books reflecting the natural landscape, with her PhD focused on representing Magnetic Island experientially through all the senses with a phenomenological approach. Her artistic pursuit and research practice account for her intimate connection to the world and seeing mind and body as one.
It is precisely because of her search for natural landscapes that Karen traveled to Argentina to tour La Puna and document its wonderful colours. After obtaining these images, Karen came to ´ace together with Elizabeth Haigh, her artistic colleague, to work on them in our Workshop and include them in her creative process in a Production Residency. This residency began with the search to capture their emotions and impressions (in the most personal sense of the word), and concluded with a joint installation in the Dialogue Space of our studio, where the artists expressed their love for nature through a proposal that immersed the public in the vast and enigmatic landscape of La Puna. A predominantly subtle color palette of soft, muted tones, with hints of iron-rich soil browns contrasted with charcoal grays and volcanic rock blacks. The soft white sands of El Peñón and the hard encrusted salt forms of Gos Campo, accompanied by delicate cloud formations throughout the trip, are some of the textures observed and experienced. As Elizabeth worked with needlework, embossing, carborundum, and monotype, Karen created her impression through monotypes on fabric and paper.
1952 | Magnetic Island, Australia
Lives and works in Magnetic Island, Australia
2019 | Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Media, JCU, QLD Australia
2013 | PhD of Creative Arts, JCU, QLD Australia
1993 | Master of Arts in Photography, RMIT, VIC Australia
1986 | Graduate Diploma in Media studies, VIC Australia
1983 | Bachelor of Arts in Photography, RMIT, VIC Australia
EXHIBITIONS & RESIDENCIES
2022 | Fragments of Morocco (solo show). Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Qld, Australia
2023 | ´ace (residency in collaboration with Elizabeth Haigh). Buenos Aires, Argentina
2022 | Studio West End (residency). Artist’s Book, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
2020 | Pause (duo collaboration). Murky Waters Studio, Qld, Australia
2019 | Art Print (residency). Arenys de Munt, Barcelona, Spain
Impressions of La Puna
Artists in dialogue
The artworks in the exhibition reflect Elizabeth Haigh and Karen Landt-Isley’s experience of travelling for 2 weeks through the La Puna region in North West Argentina. A love of nature and the physical immersion in this vast and enigmatic landscape captivated their emotions. A predominantly subtle colour palette of soft muted tones, with hints of browns from the iron rich soil contrasts with charcoal grey and blacks of volcanic rock.
The soft white sands of El Peñón, the hard encrusted salt forms of Gos Campo, accompanied by delicate cloud formations throughout the journey are some of the textures observed and experienced. Elizabeth created her impression of La Puna through sewing, embossing, carborundum and monotype. Karen created her impression through monotypes onto fabric and paper.
The installation with exhibited at the Espacio Dialogo to provide intimacy, to share with the public their feelings and to stir curiosity.