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Louise Tate


Artist Statement

Louise Tate is a painter and writer whose practice explores personal, historical and literary narratives of women, care, gardening as activism, and Australian identity. She is specifically interested in how stories of womanhood and the complexities of national identity can transcend cloudy histories. Weaving the factual with the fictional, Louise uses her practice as a way to offer up possibilities for new ways of being in the world, all the while acknowledging the role that painting has played throughout history in dictating what is or is not remembered and valued.

Recent work 'A bronze weapon smelling of honey' takes its name from the poem 'Banksia' by Australian poet Kate Llewellyn. In this work the figure of the artist stands amongst the scene of a childhood home, one foot in the present and one in the past. She cradles a banksia, a native wildflower that potentially faces the threat of a changing climate. In an ever-shifting landscape of history, memory and an uncertain future climate, what will remain? Bodies (animal, plant, and mineral) seem infallible but are transient. It is their actions that remain. This work is a meditation on how to use our weapons (our hands, words and thoughts) to meaningfully inhabit the land that we live on.

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Louise Tate's Portfolio

Louise Tate, Untitled study no. 2, Oil on paper, 11.5 x 16.5in, 2019
Louise Tate, Untitled study no. 1, Oil on paper, 11.5 x 16.5in, 2019
Louise Tate, The soil holds a history, Oil on linen, 65 x 52in, 2019
Louise Tate, She told me she would plant me a garden, Oil on linen, 50 x 38in, 2019
Louise Tate, Lost, you linger (pincushion hakea), Oil on linen, 50 x 38in, 2019
Louise Tate, Holding you, holding her, holding all women everywhere, Oil on linen, 50 x 38in, 2019
Louise Tate, Garden of no time, Oil on linen and watercolour on wall, Painting: 50 x 38in Text: 86.5 x 57in, 2019
Louise Tate, Carrying unseen weight as a form of care, Oil on linen, 38 x 50in, 2019
Louise Tate, A bronze weapon smelling of honey (after Kate Llewellyn), Oil on linen and watercolour on wall, Painting: 50 x 38in Text: 86 x 58in, 2019
Louise Tate, Paulina, Oil and synthetic polymer on wooden panel, 16.5 x 14.5in, 2018

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Artist Biography

Louise currently lives and works in Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with 1st Class Honours from RMIT University in 2016, during which she undertook a 6-month university exchange at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands. She has exhibited both in Australia and abroad, most recently at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (2019) and the NARS Foundation Gallery in New York (2019). Recent achievements include: the Kyneton Residency provided by the Macfarlane Fund (2017), the SEVENTH Emerging Writers program (2017), semi-finalist in the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship (2019), semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2019), finalist in the churchie national emerging art prize (2019), and an artist residency at the NARS Foundation in New York (2019).



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