Tiffany Cole is an artist who explores her world through painting. She was born in Coffs Harbour NSW and currently lives and works in Canberra, ACT.
Cole works mainly in the field of still-life painting. Her work explores ideas about collecting, and the value we assign to objects in terms of their ability to hold memory and represent connections between people. She is also interested in exploring our relationship to nature, expressing the value she finds in the smallest of creatures. Cole is interested in our bodily experience of viewing representational painting, and how a realistic portrayal of the material world can seduce us to suspend our disbelief, so that we might imaginatively bring the painted world 'to life'.
Tiffany completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with first-class Honours and the University Medal. Cole also won a number of prizes and scholarships at the end of her degree through the ANU EASS Scheme including the Canberra Contemporary Art Space Residency Award, and the Spanish Embassy Young Australian Artists' Travelling Scholarship in 2006. Cole was also the recipient of the QANTAS Foundation Encouragement of Australian Art Award in 2010, which took her research to South America and Northern Europe. She has exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions in the ACT and NSW, and in 2019 completed a PhD in practice-led research in the Painting Department of the ANU School of Art and Design.
Tiffany's doctoral research explores the positive social role that kitsch plays in domestic Australian contemporary culture. To read her thesis, click here.