Katherine Hattam: Forgetting English - Art Collector

Katherine Hattam, ‘Childhood and society’. Mixed media on linen, 154 x 154cm. Courtesy: the artist and Arthouse Gallery, Sydney.

Featuring a new suite of oil paintings, ‘Forgetting English’ continues Katherine Hattam’s ongoing exploration of the Australian coast, representing Sydney’s Parsley Bay area as well as the Victorian foreshore around Point Lonsdale. The thematic cornerstone of the exhibition is the history of William Buckley, an escaped convict who lived among the Wathaurong people on the Bellarine Peninsula for thirty-two years, during which time he forgot the English language. For Hattam, this is a fascinating reversal of colonial convention: the expectation that First Peoples should abandon their culture and learn English. Over the past five years the artist has been ruminating on Buckley’s story, visualising it for the first time in this series.

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 26 July 2018
Artist Talk: Artist in conversation with Maria Stoljar from ‘Talking with Painters’ Podcast 3pm Saturday 28 July 2018
Exhibition closed: 18 August 2018
Location: Arthouse Gallery, 66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, NSW
Website: arthousegallery.com.au
Phone: +61 2 9332 1019
Email: contact@arthousegallery.com.au


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