Hannah Dupree - painter
This body of work looks at the Australian Landscape, from the coastline to the city, through the bush and out to the desert. Examining the relationships between the patterns and chaos of nature. It is done with the history of Australian landscape painting in mind from Fred Williams, John Wolseley and Fiona Hall, to the Puppanya Tula (sic). It looks at the picture plane in a modernist sense, while considering the more contemporary ideas on the limits of painting. Finding a way beyond traditional painting practices to other mediums; textas, pencils, pastels, acrylics and aerosol, through weaving and the textile interest in physically building a surface. By continually going into the landscape, both through recording in sketch books and drawing directly onto surfaces, the patterns become internalised, and are able to be constructed more freely in the studio.
These works are a way of getting beyond the horizon. While in the meeting of land and sky there is much drama, there is more to this ancient land, and to art then traditional western perspective. The pattern of a leaf is repeated in the journey of an animal, in an aerial view of a watercourse, in the geography of a continent and the weather patterns. It all comes from the same source, evolution of life.