Karike Ashworth is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brisbane. Her creative practice consists of time-based media, text, objects and installations. Her areas of interest include social practice, collaboration and the private-made-public. These broad areas of interest frame her more specific concerns with the way mutual implication, ambiguity, humour and social awkwardness/discomfort in contemporary art can disrupt normative enculturation and/or aggravate the social conscience.
Karike graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts where she was awarded the Godfrey River Medal for outstanding studio performance and was a finalist in the Graduate Art Show (GAS) at Griffith University Art Gallery. In 2014 she completed Honours in Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with First Class Honours and was a finalist in Excerpts: Visual Arts Showcase at The Block. Karike is a current PhD candidate in Visual Arts at QUT, investigating the strategic use of social discomfort in contemporary practice.
Her first solo exhibition Lamentation was shown at The Hold Artspace (Brisbane) in July 2014, and with the support of Arts Queensland, is touring Queensland and NSW throughout 2015-2018. Tour venues. In August 2016 and August 2017 respectively, Karike held solo exhibitions titled Home of the Brave I and Home of the Brave II at The Laundry Artspace (Brisbane) and the Frank Moran Memorial Hall Gallery (QUT, Brisbane), which both included a performance with 28 women. She has been a finalist in numerous national prizes, and has featured in group exhibitions including The Annual, Boxcopy Art Gallery (2016), Alone Together, Boxcopy Art Gallery (2015), The Proposal, Zammit Projects at Ryan Renshaw Gallery (2012), as one of three contributing artists at Redcliffe City Art Gallery’s Across The Threshold (2012), and the 2011 and 2013 Exist-ence Festivals. Other noteworthy projects include Shop Pty Ltd a collaboration with the art collective Pty Ltd in the James Street Precinct, Fortitude Valley (2012), and one in five, a public art project on the Goodwill Bridge, Brisbane (2012).
Karike works for Museums & Galleries Queensland as Membership Officer to Public Galleries Queensland and Museums Galleries Australia Queensland, and is a sessional tutor (Fine Art) at the Queensland College of Arts and the Queensland University of Technology (Creative Industries) in Brisbane. Karike was the Media and Communications Officer at the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) between 2011-2014 and holds a Master of Commerce Degree from the University of Queensland. Karike worked in the Financial Services industry for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deutsche Bank for 10 years prior to pursuing a career in the Visual Arts.