Biography

Since graduating from Monash University, Deanna Hitti is a practicing visual artist and has been a professional printmaker for over 14 years. In 2005, she founded the printmaking and artist book studio, Rambunctious Press Australia.

She has exhibited internationally and nationally in numerous group and solo shows including The Centre for Book Arts (New York), IMPACT8 Conference in Scotland, Langford 120 and 45 Downstairs. Hitti's artist books have been finalists in several awards including 2014 National works on paper award and the 2015 Fremantle print award. Her Artists' Books and prints have been bought by major collections in Australia including The State Library of Victoria and the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

Deanna Hitti's Artist Books are recipients of the 2008 Libris Award, National Artist Book Award, Artspace Mackay and the 2009 Books Beyond Words Award, Artist Book Award, East Gippsland Gallery.

In 2014 Deanna Hitti was invited by the Chinese government to undertake a three month artist residency at The Guanlan Original Printmaking Base. Collaborating with their studio printers, Hitti created an artist book titled Assimilated Museum, released January 2015.

 

 

Artist Statement

As a child of Lebanese parents who migrated to Australia, I began developing a strong interest in

comprehending the diverse cultural traditions among the varied population in this country. I grew

up living in two cultures simultaneously. One, a strong Middle Eastern tradition at home, the other

collectively experiencing mores of western influences in my social and school environment. This

began a visual exploration of Australian Identity. I am interested in the place from which we look

and construct our understandings of the world. Much of my practice concerns the nuanced

relationships between East and West. The ways in which these relations are figured and practiced,

inform our understandings of self and other. I investigate how such vantages are constructed. The

historical context of western notions of the east, characterized by notions of exoticism, romanticism

and orientalism, act as a kind of lens to investigate contemporary representations of the Middle East.