Loris Button, grew up in Melbourne, completing undergraduate studies in painting and drawing at the Phillip Institute of Technology, followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Tasmania. Her PhD thesis employed self-portraiture as a means for reflecting on the self, time and ageing in contemporary culture.
Working with prints, paintings and drawings on handmade paper, her work is regularly shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She is represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Federation University Australia.
Today printmaking is the central focus of the methodology she employs in her practice - both in the images printed from linocuts, woodblocks or wood engravings on her own handmade or reclaimed papers, and in the print based imagery that informs drawings made on Korean or Japanese handmade papers. Because of the varied nature of each sheet of handmade or reclaimed paper, she rarely editions her work, preferring instead to make unique state prints. Both in papermaking and printmaking terms, the sheets of paper or printed impressions are often imperfect, a result that suits her purpose of describing this messy life very well. Study tours to Europe and other parts of Australia, inform the current body of work that has the over-arching title of Travelling Tales.
Following retirement from her teaching role at the Arts Academy of the University of Ballarat, Loris has continued her association with Federation University as an Honorary Research Fellow. In 2016 she curated a fifty-year retrospective exhibition for Melbourne printmaker Daniel Moynihan at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. She contributes regular articles for the Art Gallery of Ballarat Association’s quarterly magazine, and continues to exhibit regularly. Most recently her work was selected for exhibition at the 2018 Impact 10 International Print Conference in Spain.
Loris can be contacted at email@example.com
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