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Something Greater

Friday 23 January 2015 at 6:00pm

Friday 23 January – Monday 2 February 2015
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Something Greater is an exhibition of oil paintings by Carmen Hannay. Inspired by mood, movement and memory, the works explore the effect that instinct has on the way we make choices. This exploration is played out with imagery of the natural environment, often of wildlife and figures chanced upon in daily life.

“I like to spend time walking most days and always have my camera on hand. My creative process often begins with images of things I see during these walks or on trips to places of interest. I seek out moments of special connection to the land or the flora and fauna and compose my paintings thinking about this.

In this exhibition I am particularly interested in moments or tipping points when instinct kicks in to make split second or particularly important decisions. I am also interested in what happens when we relate to wildlife, the moment when you look each other in the eye and figure out if you should trust each other or flee.

I try to capture these moments in a way that suggests they are profound but fleeting. My subjects are tenderly painted with many transparent layers and subtly blurred. They will often look you in the eye knowingly and make you wonder what they have seen.”
Carmen Hannay

Carmen Hannay. Something greater (2013). Oil on wood panel. 600 x 620 mm
Carmen Hannay. Sneaky (2014). Oil on wood panel. 300 x 300 mm

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