Karina Clarke’s reflections on human patterns of behaviour in relation to the natural environment
Karina Clarke’s small-scale production of seats and ceramic bowls
A practising designer working in the areas of contemporary furniture and object design, Karina Clarke explores the dialogues between design, craft, and manufacturing. For Clarke, the wide range of contexts in which design is situated demands sophisticated analysis of the collaboration required for the design to be developed, produced and delivered to the market place. Focused on defining design as a ‘dialogue’, Clarke creates works that explore the perceived value of objects at an emotional, physical, and spiritual level.
Her ideas are responses to social and cultural understandings of the world we inhabit. In order to investigate the complex and subjective relationship between the object and the viewer, Clarke recontextualises the object’s form or function to create a new meaning. The relationship between the object and the viewer becomes activated, and a new experience occurs – one in which the object appears slightly familiar but is understood differently according to its shifted context.
Karina Clarke is a senior lecturer in Design at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (COFA).