Canberra-based artist Waratah Lahy's works are concerned with the overlooked moments of the everyday and iconic cultural obsessions. In 2007 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) at the Australian National University, Canberra. Obtaining the ANU University medal for her first class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, Lahy has since undergone residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts (2012), Megalo Print Studio (2011) and Schloss Haldenstein in Haldenstein, Switzerland (2005). Lahy also participated in an exchange to the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University in Thailand (1997).
Lahy has been exhibiting in a solo capacity with Brenda May Gallery since 2008 and in this short time has produced varied collections of works, all pertaining to a common interrogation of the way in which we perceive the world. In 2008 Lahy painted night-time scenes inside varied household glasses, utilising the convex nature of the glass to allow these miniature scenes of intimate moments, often peered through windows, to bulge from their surfaces. Lahy has also presented scenes of people viewing artworks or taking photographs, removing the object of their gaze, as to transform the observer to the observed; painted the discolourations of old photographs; and, most recently, investigated the overlooked via rendering aerial or curious viewpoints that contain distortions or obstructions. Works from these series, among others, have seen Lahy enter a number of collections including Artbank, the Parliament House Art Collection in Canberra, the Gold Coast Regional Gallery in QLD, Goulburn Regional Gallery in NSW, Schloss Haldenstein in Switzerland, the Arthur Boyd Bundanon Trust and private collections in Australia and the USA.
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