Roberta Thornley — Roberta Thornley
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
In 2017, Roberta Thornley was awarded the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. As recognition, this exhibition presents some key themes in Thornley’s work tracing ten years of practice. Portraiture is a recurring motif, with her subjects exhibiting their own psyches. Still life, domestic scenes, and drapery are enveloped in deep tonality and subdued lighting. Landscapes have the appearance of first light or dusk, highlights captured within shadow. The photographs in this exhibition are selected from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection, the Auckland Festival of Photography Collection (2011 Annual Commission) and the Tim Melville Gallery.
ROBERTA THORNLEY, SEAN, 2010, ARCHIVAL PIGMENT INK PHOTOGRAPH ON ILFORD GALERIE GOLD FIBRE SILK PAPER, MOUNTED ON ALUMINIUM, 865MM X 605MM, COURTESY THE ARTIST AND TIM MELVILLE GALLERY