#28 Kara Dunne


Baubo, a mythical character representing the female phallus, climbs to the top of the monument to claim her rightful territory.

A.) frame 20. B.) detail of beginning frames as Baubo emerges from behind the monument. C.) detail of Baubo at the top with flag.


Henry Martin: What, if any, responsibility, do you feel as an artist, in what way, or toward whom?

Kara Dunne: I feel I need to bring up the issues we don’t talk about and present them in a visually digestible way.  As an artist, you are a catalyst for conversation, and the best part is that you don’t even have to be there to make that conversation happen.  Your art will start the conversation between two perfect strangers you’ll never meet.  I have a responsibility to everyone I will never meet.

Henry Martin: What does it mean to change?

Kara Dunne: Change is unavoidable.  Nature in itself changes, and we are a part of the metamorphosis of the cosmos, whether we like it or not.

Henry Martin: What is your favourite art work?

Kara Dunne: One of my many favorite art works is a performance piece by Christian Jankowski, where he goes into a grocery store with a bow and arrow and hunts for boxed cereals and other foods.

Henry Martin: Should an artist be in the world, looking out, or outside the world, looking in?

Kara Dunne: A artist does both simultaneously and in their sleep.

Henry Martin: Does your work come from the head or the heart?

Kara Dunne: My heart feels first, then my head whips up responses to what my heart feels. (Passion from the heart and realizations from the head).

Henry Martin: What is the greatest challenge you face as an artist?

Kara Dunne: Getting my work out into the world.

Henry Martin: What is inspiration?

Kara Dunne: Inspiration is connectivity and making continual connections in the waking hours. It is the primary effect from a life-long learning process.  How do you find it?  In reading about yesterday and observing today. How do you work?  Both carefully and flying by the seat of my pants.

Henry Martin: What does the word gender mean to you within your practice?

Kara Dunne: Gender is unavoidable in my practice.  I gravitate towards ideas involving gender constructs of past and present.  Being female, I see through the lens as one, therefore my work will reflect my observations.

Henry Martin: What is art?

Kara Dunne: Art is a means of expressing one’s opinion in a light-hearted and indirect way that will be better received by those who do not make art.

Henry Martin: Agnes Martin said, “We think we are very mundane, but we are all capable of fugues.” Respond.  

Kara Dunne: On our own, by ourselves, we are potential energy and a bit mundane, but the key word is potential … we are waiting to have kinetic energy with the help of interacting with others.

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Title: Claiming Territory. Date: 2017.  Dimensions:  11 x 20 inches. Edition of 7, (37 papers in each edition).  Each paper is one frame in the animation.  Format/Materials: Silkscreen on letterpress.



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