Dr Kirsten Lyttle a Melbourne based multi-media artist who is of Māori descent. Her Iwi (tribe) is Waikato, tribal affiliation is Ngāti Tahinga, Tainui A Whiro. She was born in Sydney, spent her childhood in Wellington, New Zealand and grew-up in Melbourne, where she is still based.
Originally studying Philosophy (B.A Hons., La Trobe University), she left her Master of Arts (Research) in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne to pursue her passion for art. Trained as a photographer (Fine Art) at RMIT University, she completed a Fine Art Degree with Distinction in 2008. In 2013, she was awarded a Master of Fine Art (RMIT University). She was awarded her Doctorate Degree in May 2020 from Deakin University (Burwood). She currently teaches in Critical Art and Theory at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne.
She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including, Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Galleria 291 Est. Rome (Italy), and Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland. In 2015 she went to Canada as the artist in residence as part of the RMIT/University of Lethbridge, Indigenous Residency Gushul Studio, Blairmore, Canada. Recent solo shows include, Digital Mana, shown at Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), 2nd February – 11th March 2018, and Keteparaha/Toolkit, shown at Blak Dot Gallery, 22 March – 8 April 2018.
Her arts practise explores issues of post-colonialism, identity and the expression of Maori customary art (in particular, weaving) through digital technologies, such as photography and scanning.