PALIMPSEST PAPER


St Kilda Town Hall





Paper, as a support upon which to construct an image, has been an integral part of the creative process for artist Timothy Bateson. The images created for the paper fair by invitation combine the traditions of paper’s long distinguished history, and the contemporary advancements of digital imaging and ink jet ink technology.

Bateson has investigated many possibilities for paper as a vehicle for art making. Whether by creating ‘works on paper’ as drawings with dry mediums or layers of paint, or by using printmaking techniques that transfer a repeatable image in ink from some kind of ‘matrix’ such as a zinc etching plate, sheet of lino or a lithographic stone. Recent series of works from the shows Palimpsest used a combination of drawings on paper, printmaking and digital images transferred onto paper to visually investigate notions of a layering of pattern and a history of mark making. Encrusted with recurring motifs they visually read as if one was peeling sheets of old wallpaper whilst renovating to reveal scratched plaster and embedded paper patterns.

Bateson’s work at the Paper Fair is a product of his philosophy that art making should not be confined to one medium but should cross materials and techniques for the sake of a stimulating and challenging object of visual beauty. As a director of the Melbourne School of Art, Timothy oversees the curriculum and its teachers in areas as varied as watercolour and gouache, drawing and mixed media, life drawing, photography, digital imaging, interactive multimedia, 3D animation and digital video. The diverse variety of subject areas is reflected also by the image-making processes conducted at the Melbourne School of Art, where it is not unusual for an image to combine pastel, charcoal, the photocopier and colour laser printing.


The large banners of inkjet on roll paper are a hybrid art form, hovering somewhere between the traditional printmaking and contemporary digital process. The previous work has been revisited to form new works that continue to investigate the tactility of paper and the qualities of ink laid upon it’s surface in muted tones and hues.