Katherine Hattam
21 October - 21 November 2015

Katherine Hattam’s work encompasses themes of feminism, domesticity, time, autobiography and psychology, here set against the backdrop of Melbourne’s Merri Creek. For Hattam, her local area of the Merri Creek represents a solution to a life of movement between town and country. Hattam’s works combine a dual representation of country and city, or alternatively of the public and private spheres; they are locations for the intersection of memory, space and autobiography, littered with the objects and influences that have shaped her.

Katherine Hattam held her first exhibition in 1978 at the George Paton & Ewing Gallery, alongside Helen Frankenthaler, and has exhibited regularly ever since. Recent exhibitions include Desire First (2015) at Deakin University, Backwaters (2014) at LUMA, Consciousness Raising (2014) at Daine Singer, Inventory (2010) and Book Covers (2009) at John Buckley Gallery, Staying on Message (2008) at Australian Galleries, Landscape of Longing (2013) at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Under the Influence (2007) at Warrnambool Art Gallery, Innocent Works (2008) at Bendigo Art Gallery, and at the National Gallery of Victoria: This and Other Worlds: Contemporary Australian Drawing (2008), Stick It! Collage in Australian Art (2010) and The Naked Face: Self-portraits (2010-11).

Hattam was Australia-China Fellow with a studio at the Beijing Art Academy (2003 and 2005) and exhibited Cut and Paste at the Pickled Art Centre, Beijing. Hattam has won the Banyule and Robert Jacks Drawing Prizes, has been short-listed many times in the Dobell Drawing Prize, the National Works on Paper Prize and Arthur Guy and Geelong Gallery Painting Prizes. She holds a BA in Literature and Politics from the University of Melbourne, an MFA Painting from VCA and a PhD from Deakin University.

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