Local Artist Profile: Artist Mlak
This week we delve into the eccentric mind of local artist Karlee Anne Louise Mackie (Artist Mlak). After sell out shows in LA at Ar4t Laguna Beach Gallery in 2012 she is finally back with a new upcoming show.
You have an upcoming show this weekend, tell us about the concept..
My concept was inspired by a few events in an old diary I found, searching through old memories for some joy one day. One of the events was from 2012 and I had written all about my friend Sam’s wedding in South Africa at his family’s private safari, game reserve called Ulusaba. The experience completely blew me away, I’ve never felt such a power energy surrounded by lions, buffalo and crocodiles. If you weren’t careful being eaten was a strong possibility. The whole experience left me with a love of wild animals and I have such vivid memories of the colours and whole experience that will stay with me forever.
I also love poetry and rhymes and I’ve incorporated a rhyme into the show, and turned it into a little film with Diva Cory doing the voice over, and my little brother filming and editing a little fun piece for the show to project on a wall. Its symbolic to a few events in my life while riding to and from different party nights in the past, and to now being a new mum.
I’ve found it a little challenging to transition into being a mama, in regards to finding my creativity and self, but since stumbling upon my diary and throwing myself into a project and involving my son Koa, it’s completely lifted me up and I’m now enjoying this new confidence, body and mind all the while having my favourite sidekick by my side every day.