7 – 26 May 2015
about the exhibition
Kati Thamo is a highly skilled printmaker with an imagination that fills her work with allegory and visual ambiguity. The work in this exhibition continues to explore ideas that reflect on the passing of time and place, and “the imprinting of memory and story”. As described by Kati,“In these works I interweave my own personal experiences alongside older family stories, creating images that look at a fragmentary world, distorted over time and amplified with meaning. Many of these images describe the imprinting of culture, and I have referenced old engravings, Persian miniatures and embroidered and carved folk motifs to tell my own version of events.” Through the different groups of works in this exhibition, Kati is examining the various ways in which narratives unfold, how stories shift and change over timeand ultimately become entangled to form new versions of stories. Her prints exude a richness of tone andtexture whileeach work is imbued with its own ethereal quality.
A graduate of both Edith Cowan University, Perth, and the University of Tasmania, Kati has lectured in Visual Art at Great Southern Regional College in Albany, WA andPrintmaking at Edith Cowan University. She has been the recipient of many awards including the 2003 Major Open Award at the Western Australian Printmedia Awards, the Gallery 500 Award at the Albany Art Prize in 2004 and the Open Award in the Albany Art Prize in 2007. In 2000, 2006 and 2008, Kati was a finalist in the prestigious Silk Cut Award. Her work is represented in public collections across Australia.