Congratulations to Lea Kannar Lichtenberger and Nathalie Hartog Gautier who have both been selected for the prestigious Alice Prize.
An exhibition of contemporary Artists’ Books by Print Council of Australia Members.
Our members Helen Mueller, Helen Best, Barbara Davidson, Susan Baran, and Nathalie Hartog-Gautier have books in this show. You can see the show online here.
On display at the Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk from 13 March to 19 May 2021.
Looking for Paradise looks at past and present policies that different governments instigated to help or deny entry to people in need of a ‘Safe Heaven’. This project is a reminder of Australia’s responsibility as a first signatory of the United Nation Human Rights Charter.
Over 12 handmade and bound books, Nathalie Hartog-Gautier brings the stories of the migrants, often relegated to the margin of society, to the centre of the page. In parallel to the fate of many refugees, drawings of the Australian bush and botanical specimens are referencing the First Nation people often equally displaced. The books are presented in a barbwire cage alluding to the restrictive movements imposed on refugees.
By gathering designs and motifs across the 12 books that compile Gautier-Hartog’s work, production company Broken Yellow were able to construct small worlds that explore persistent themes in the work; the notion of Australia as paradise, the pursuit of this paradise, and the inexplicable impact Australia’s immigration policies throughout the years have had on those undertaking this pursuit. The reading of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is by real people seeking asylum, and made with the assistance of the Asylum Seekers Centre. Their voices humanise the story told by the imagery, further highlighting Australia’s responsibility as a first signatory of the United Nations Human Rights Charter.
This project has also been done in collaboration with Marta Sengers for developing the online presence of the 12 books.
Looking for Paradise is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, NAVA Benevolent Fund and Members of the Asylum Seekers Centre community.
25 May – 7 July 2019 Paper and Place Gosford Regional Gallery
For centuries paper has been used as a medium for keeping record and holding memory. In this exhibition contemporary artists Nathalie Hartog-Gautier and Beverly Smith each use paper to respond to the unique character of significant places.
Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s work focuses on the concept of the voyage, its transformations, attachments and associations. Her large scale paper installations for this exhibition represent her reflections on the environment and history of Hill End, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.
Beverly Smith uses natural dyes from Indigenous trees, earth pigments of ochre, sand, earth and binders on paper to tell visual stories connected to her Aboriginal identity, culture and Country. With rich personal iconography she presents a series of works on paper that explore sites of personal and cultural significance in the Brewarrina area.
Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, Colours of the landscape, natural pigments on hand made paper.