Roberta Thornley is a Whanganui-based artist who works in the photographic genres of landscape, portrait and still life. Her practice explores the tension between narrative, time and the photographic image.
Dr Kriselle Baker writes “… the place to begin with Roberta Thornley’s work is in the ‘everyday’… They are discrete images about the simplest and yet most evocative of ideas. Contained within each work is a sense of the efflorescence of life and the wet, dark, decaying extreme that is part of a cycle of disintegration and renewal…”
Born in Auckland in 1985, she graduated from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2007. In 2011 she was the inaugural recipient of the Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission, in 2014 she was awarded a residency at Tylee Cottage with the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Marti Friedlander Photographic Award by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
Thornley has exhibited in Australia and throughout New Zealand. Her work is held in collections including Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui and The Wallace Arts Trust.
Artist Portrait: Sam Hartnett