Kari has worked in a range of creative fields both as an artist and designer - a combination that has resulted in a diverse practice. She grew up surrounded by the landscapes of Athens, Greece and West Cork. She lived in Dublin for 9 years, and after spending time in India has found herself back in West Cork.
An important part of her process is spending time on a specific site considering the impact of the elements and how her work will form around these conditions. Although her sculptural work sees juxtapositions of form + function, her two dimensional work sees a greater emphasis on texture and movement. Her paintings focus on the energy of the landscapes around her. Bright streaks of light, heavy areas of dark and delicate changes in texture can be seen throughout her work.
She is one half of the curatorial body Lay of the Land, which aims to drive artists and the experience of art outwards, into the wilderness, forging deeper connection with Ireland’s natural landscape.
She believes that by drawing the viewer out of the gallery space, and into alternative spaces, she can create and facilitate the production of art works that engage with the audiences inhabiting those spaces.
While she was studying Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, she set up Basic Space - a not-for-profit artist-led contemporary art space, and was Director of the space from 2011-2014. Basic Space existed in a 10,000 sq Foot Warehouse in the heart of Dublin 8, before moving to Marrowbone Lane. She set up residency programs and curated exhibitions and projects within this context; facilitating the work work of both Irish and International artists practicing a range of disciplines.
Following this, and after spending time living in The West of Ireland she created Scarfskin, a project that aimed to reconnect to traditional Irish trades. Focussing on the Sheepskin trade Scarfskin used design processes, collaboration and commerce in an attempt to revive this forgotten industry.