This August, Printmaker Gallery is proudly presenting 'Strange to Behold', a new solo exhibition by celebrated visual artist Kati Thamo.
Opening on Thursday 18th of August, 2016, 'Strange to Behold' features collagraphs, etchings and solar plate limited edition prints. It is described by Kati as "A series of images that evoke the space between the ordinary and the uncanny. There are unlikely encounters between animals, plants which curl and furl and scenarios encapsulated in jars. Some of these are playful imaginings whilst others touch on environmental concerns and anxieties we hold about changes in the natural world. Presented in part as a group of specimens to be looked at anew for clues they may hold."
Kati's work has been exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and is held in numerous private and public art collections in both Australia and overseas. Over the last decade she has undertaken public art projects as well, drawing on environmental and geographic themes to describe a sense of place.
Born in 1956 in Perth, Western Australia, to Hungarian parents, Kati studied art at Edith Cowan University and the Hobart School of Art, majoring in printmaking. Since 1980 she has lived mainly on the far south coast of WA, working from her home studio. The telling of tales has always been integral to her art practice, and she draws on personal stories and incidents along with grander narratives to devise a form of visual fable.
Using a cast of characters including animals and objects, her storylines describe the mystery, frailty, hopefulness and anxiety of life. She says, 'I often think of my images as small theatre settings where various dramas are enacted'. Kati's art is imbued with her Eastern European heritage, and a journey to trace her migrant family's homelands in 2010 is reflected in recent prints, and in the development of new work.
All are welcome to view 'Strange to Behold' at Printmaker Gallery. An Opening Night event will be held on Thursday 18th of August, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm and the exhibition will then run until Thursday 8th of September, 2016.
A special event, 'In conversation with Kati Thamo', will take place on Saturday 20th August 2016.
For more information on the exhibition, artist and special events, please visit www.printmakergallery.com.au.
Printmaker Gallery is located at 227 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065, Australia.
Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 12pm – 4pm.