Katherine Hattam Joins Arthouse


We’re excited to announce that we’re now representing renowned Melbourne-based artist Katherine Hattam.

The ever-evolving practice of 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.

Hattam holds a BA in Literature and Politics from the University of Melbourne, an MFA Painting from VCA and a PhD from Deakin University. The artist 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. She 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. Hattam’s work is held in important public collections including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Heide, Art Gallery of South Australia, Deakin and La Trobe Universities, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Bendigo Art Gallery, as well as private and corporate collections including George Patterson, Minter Ellison, National Bank of Australia, Potter Warburg, Smorgon, the Darling Foundation and RACV.

The senses of birds, mixed media on linen, 122 x 120 cm

HEADER: Women’s consciousness, man’s world, mixed media, 64 x 64 cm

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