Lisa Garland: We see things not as they are, but as we are

Lisa Garland makes intimate photographic portraits of her family, friends and acquaintances from Tasmania’s North-West.

Art Exhibition previously on at Contemporary Art Tasmania in Tasmania, Australia.
From Saturday 10 October 2015 to Sunday 15 November 2015
Launch Friday 09 October 2015, 6pm

Lisa Garland, Cactus, 2010 image

Published by anonymous on Thursday 01 October 2015.
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Since the mid 1990s she has been creating large format black and white images of people in their homes, surrounded variously by a life-time of accumulation, or objects of devotion, or by the starkness of a domestic space virtually uninhabited. Her portraits are always detailed, evocative and empathetic.

“Surrounded by talismans – the blanket, an alarm clock,
tanning lotion, transistor radio and thongs, an older man steals sunlight in a protected part of the beach.”
– writer and curator Craig Judd, from his essay for this
exhibition.

It is her closeness to the characters and the region that gives Garland an opportunity to collect these personal images; up-close, yet objective glimpses into the lives of the characters of North-West Tasmania.

Lisa Garland holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art (1992) and a Diploma of Education. She currently teaches photography at Hellyer College in Burnie, Tasmania. She has been shortlisted for the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Hobart City Art Prize and the City of Devonport Art Award. In 2007 she was awarded the Moorilla Prize (now the MONA Scholarship). Her work is held in public and private collections, including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Tasmania, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Devonport Regional Art Gallery and MONA.