Katherine Hattam's latest collection was produced in lockdown from her kitchen table and studio space in Melbourne. Her paintings imagine the abundance of the outside world just out of reach and highlight the intermingling normalcy and absurdity of being stuck indoors. In her mixed media works Hattam repurposes her late mother’s collection of Penguin classics and modernist textbooks painting the landscape seen from her kitchen window overtop of book pages reinterpreting and reimagining the history contained within. These personal objects mingle with Australian fauna creating a space where the dialectics of self and shared, home and habitat, coalesce with history and the here and now.
“There are two parts to making a work; the private doing, thinking and producing and then someone seeing that work.” – Katherine Hattam 2020
Katherine Hattam has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, over a career spanning more than forty years. Her work is held in numerous major private and public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Heide Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Art Gallery of South Australia, Bendigo Art Gallery, Warnambool Art Gallery, Grafton City Art Gallery, National Bank of Australia, Ian Potter Museum of Art and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.