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Birdlady

By Karima Baadilla

2023
oil on aluminium
29x19cm unframed 

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ARTIST STATEMENT
"Have you ever got lost? This year I realise I get lost a lot, but usually in the end, I find my way.
Embracing my weird recent fascination with birds, and all things colourful is a promise I made to myself this year. Nothing is too silly, bananas and pumpkin on my head will just be a start. I am aiming for a looseness, a spontaneity in my paintings – a suggestion of what I am looking at. Precision is definitely not my focus; rather I try to capture the feeling of colour and how painting makes me feel. 

BIO
Karima Baadilla abandoned her career as a certified practicing accountant, and the lucrative career ladder. To her own surprise she went on a sabbatical and then decided to pursue a more creative life.

Karima has exhibited widely across Australia with her works held in a number of private collections both locally and internationally. In 2021 Karima won the Mark Brabham Emerging Artist Award presented as part of the Klytie Pate Ceramics Awards. In 2020 she was a finalist for a number of art prizes including the prestigious Bayside Acquisitive Prize (VIC), The Stanthorpe Art Prize (QLD), Muswellbrook Art Prize (NSW), and Collie Art Prize (WA). Karima was also the recipient of the Maribyrnong Rapid Grant funded by The City of Maribyrnong (VIC) and The Sidney Myer Grant funded by The Myer Foundation in 2020.  

Most recently Karima just completed her honours degree in Visual Art from La Trobe university, she lives in Central Goldfields Victoria with her partner and two very silly sausage dogs.