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 engravings on her own handmade 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 paper, she does not edition prints, preferring instead to make unique state prints. These small prints are frequently grouped to make a larger whole. The images are often overlaid, collaged, cropped or reversed. Both in papermaking and printmaking terms, sheets of paper or printed impressions are often imperfect, a result that suits her purpose of describing this messy life very well. Since returning from a study tour in Italy, the UK and the Netherlands, which incorporated a residency at the Obras Foundation in Holland in the spring of 2014, she has continued to develop the series of prints undertaken whilst at the residency.
Following retirement in late 2010, Loris has continued her association with the Arts Academy at Federation University through her role as an Adjunct Research Fellow. Most recently she has curated the 2016 fifty-year retrospective for Melbourne printmaker Daniel Moynihan at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Loris can be contacted at email@example.com
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