Katherine Hattam


The ever-evolving practice of renowned Melbourne based artist Katherine Hattam encompasses drawing, collage, printmaking and sculpture centred on the dialects of domesticity, family and self. Recurring motifs like chairs, teapots, scissors, pegs and hairbrushes form an inventory of objects that represents a complex constellation of relationships in which the autobiographical mingles with the symbolic. Mapping the world through her home, the artist creates a private iconography and psychological layering of memory via personally symbolic materials such as collaged excerpts of modernist textbooks from her late mother's collection and deconstructed Penguin classics. Hattam employs repetition as a tool for revelation, excavating the edifice of family, feminism, education, literature, psychoanalysis and the role of the unconscious in art making.

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