2022 ARTIST BIOS | Coralyn Larke

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About Coralyn Larke

After retiring from a 20-year dance career and with a deep need to flourish creatively in a meaningful way Coralyn Larke was drawn to upcycle work finding a parallel between her personal journey from the rigours of the body work telling the story to the transformation of found objects. Larke recently moved from Melbourne to Northern NSW and was fortunate to find a creative outlet by entering the Ocean Shores Arts Expo. A piece titled LockGown won the Vale Award. This experience has provided her with the encouragement needed to keep working, following her creative drive where ever that may lead. For many years Coralyn worked mostly with acrylic paint on canvass or found objects such as hubcaps, building layer upon layer of scribbles and dots until a unified and desired composition was reached. She has recently adopted using instillation string art as her preferred medium to paint with.

2022 SWELL ARTWORK – Captive, Coralyn Larke

Australia, the only developed nation that imprisons children as young as ten.
CAPTIVE considers generations of Australian children condemned to a lifetime behind bars trapped in a criminal justice system commonly known as the revolving door prison. Incarcerated youth are often on remand and yet to be convicted of any crime.
A depiction of confinement and the experience of captivity within it, a prison is in contrast to the expansive seascape seen through it. String portrays fragile threads disconnected from family and community, leading to an uncertain future, and negative spaces indicate absence.

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.