Vanita collection concept

The concept of this collection of work came from looking at traditional 18th century Vanita paintings, which contained symbolic objects that often looked at the fleeting nature of life. The irony was that these paintings commenting on life, wealth and the pointlessness of commodities became just that and were extremely popular paintings in their own right. The idea for the dress came from studying decaying flowers (often depicted in Vanita’s):... Read More

Vanita series of work

Take a look at my Vanita collection of work from making costumes to staging the sculptural clothing to photographs and drawing, as well as installation work. Have a look at the the Vanita series gallery. www.karenleroyharris.com/vanita-series  Read More

Constriction Series

This series of work Constriction looks at costume making and the body. The materials chosen were a direct response to Liberty Wharf where the exhibition Carte Blanche was held in the few weeks before the new site opened. Artists often scavenge, seeing the beauty and potential in abandoned materials and with industrial materials scattered about the place an idea for a sculpture emerged. Taking these found materials, mainly... Read More

Dancing figures (installation)

        An installation of two dancing figures and children’s chair with ballet shoes. The installation included classical music playing which helped create movement in the dancing figures. The dress is from the Vanita collection. The drawing/painting in this room was a collaborative piece with artist Clare Ormsby. The installation aims to provoke a narrative. The dress represents flesh and decay, yet there is a timeless quality to the... Read More