Elizabeth Banfield / Kati Thamo
Jan 27 10:00 am–Feb 15 5:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Jan 27, – Feb 15, 2021
Official opening: Jan 31, 3 pm – 5 pm, 2021
Fragility and fable come together in this beautifully delicate exhibition of the works of Elizabeth Banfield and Kati Thamo. The complexity of the natural world and ever-changing landscape is celebrated by both artists as they tell the story of their own, individual relationship to nature and memory. Where Banfield’s layered linocuts of tissue paper and thread weave an intricate tale of life, death and the interconnectedness of all things, Thamo’s etchings create small scenarios wherein birds, animals and plants interact – each image its own miniature theatre where the mystery, frailty, hopefulness and anxiety of life can be enacted.
Elizabeth Banfield is a printmaker who practices in fine line linocuts and artist books. Drawing on her fascination with books – both as sculptural forms and delicate mysteries – Banfield’s current practice centres specifically around the use of Japanese tissue papers to create works around layering, translucency, pattern and colour. Banfield’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Library of Australia and the State Libraries of Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Kati Thamo is a visual artist who works predominantly with the printmaking techniques of collagraph, etching, linocut and shadow print. Central to Thamo’s art is the idea of narrative, story and the telling of tales, with her prints having been referred to as a form of “visual fable”. Her influences include her Eastern European heritage and, more recently, the complexity of natural ecosystems and of the human relationship to nature. Thamo’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.