Lisa Stonham’s practice explores themes of temporality and ephemerality through depictions of the built environment. Central to these images is the ever-evolving relationship between light and time in the context of architectural space.
Stonham’s photographs are painterly investigations of texture and colour, light and shade. Images taken in the field using existing locations and available light are sometimes combined with digital collage, posing questions around
photographic authenticity. Stonham’s images resist connection to a concrete reality, occupying a nexus between documentation and abstraction.
Stonham is a Sydney-based artist who has been exhibiting regularly for a decade. She has presented solo exhibitions including Conversations with My-Self and Others at M16 Artspace, Canberra (2022), Perfect Moment… Right Now at
107 Projects Redfern as part of the Head-On Photo Festival (2021), and Nothing In The World at Danks Street Depot II, Sydney (2012). In 2023 she is exhibiting at Five Walls Gallery in Melbourne.
Stonham’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions around Australia including at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Perth Centre for Photography; and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
Stonham has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (2022, 2019); Contemporary Landscape in Photography Award (2022, 2016); Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (2022, 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016); Hurford Portrait Award (2020); Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2020); Head-On Mobile Award (2019); Iris Award (2018); KAAF Art Prize (2015); and the Blake Prize (2013). Her work has been profiled in The Sydney Morning Herald and
The Canberra Times and is held in private collections around Australia.