Hello everyone! It's Hannah from @hkaart here!
So these works, my favourites from exchange, all take classical icons, whether they be abstract religious icons or identifiable historical icons, and reinterpret them in the context of the uncanny and the grotesque. The two oil paintings, /HE MUST BECOME GREATER, I MUST BECOME LESS/ and /HEARING EAR SEEING EYE/ were shown at our classes 3rd year exhib @the_glue_factory . The last bunch of pictures are the first thing I presented in my installation class, something I'd never done before and didn't prep for (oops) so very much improvised on the day (hence the nasty tape). The idea was to create a place of worship, I arranged an etching I'd made as though an icon, decorated it with flowers, coins, incense etc. I set up the altar under a staircase and covered it with a black sheet, meaning people had to get down onto their knees and squeeze themselves into the space 1-by-1. Manipulating the way people interact with the work and engaging senses other than the visuals was something I'd never considered before, but was something I was planning on reapproaching in the degree show, but more on that later...
But most importantly, is this first picture, a woodcut I made from scrap wood found outside my apartment complex. Found wood has always been an important part of my practice, playing against the idea of the perfect, blessed wood used in icons. The figure in the woodcut wasn't from any particular reference, but was my way of creating a character without any gender, cultural, geographic or chronological limitations, but very much mimicked the uncanny qualities of Byzantine iconography. Starting 4th year, I was struggling for ideas, so decided to paint a quick study of this figure, this sparked the idea of a reoccurring character in my work, and I'll talk more about this process in the stories and next few posts!!
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