Robyne Latham is a proud Yamatji/Caucasian woman from Western Australia who has lived and worked in Melbourne for the past thirty-five years. Her career traverses two distinct yet interwoven paths, her art practice and her work in the university sector.
Latham’s art practice is informed by her First Nation heritage and spans sculptural ceramics, bronzes, set design for theatre, performance and ephemeral installation works. Primarily her works address the tension between the sacred and the secular, within the context of the human condition.
It was during her undergraduate degree at Curtin University that she was introduced to the works of Joseph Beuys. In her own words:
‘Time stood still when I was introduced to Beuys’s performance artwork, ‘I Like America and America Likes Me’ (1974). Viewing the black and white photographs of the cloaked Mr Beuys, cane in hand, with the wild coyote stalking the gallery space was inspirational. The work spoke of something primal yet contemporary. It challenged the construct of linear time. It elegantly found intersections of meaning on so many levels and confronted my conception of art.’
Her academic career navigates the faculties of fine art and behavioural health sciences, in both lecturing and research.
Her art works are held in the collections of the Curtin University Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Museum of Western Australian, the Berndt Museum of Anthropology and the Koorie Heritage Trust Museum, Victoria. Her works are extensively collected privately, both nationally and internationally.
Visit her website: https://robynelatham.com/