My work has been a lot about stories and storytelling, as a way of expressing and understanding [my] identity. My practice includes printmaking, watercolour painting, storytelling, textile and weaving.
I use the repetitive nature of printmaking to o narrate, layer and evolve imagery, reminiscent of the telling and re-telling of traditional tales. . I use printmaking techniques such as drypoint, etching and screenprint, where each print reveals a continual process of change and evolution. I print on paper and textiles
In 1997/1998 I stayed and worked in a remote community on Cape York. Working with, and learning from Coen people taught me about their families and culture and relationship to their country. It showed me the profound disconnect colonisers and migrants experience here, due to our language and culture evolving from a very different environment. We experience ignorance about the heritage of our own traditional tales, and we don’t tell stories which connect us to homeland Australia. My grandmother migrated as a young woman to Australia from Shetland Islands and I have done prints and oral storytelling about stories from there, as a way of exploring my own identity. I finally travelled to Shetland Islands, saw the relevance in their timeless tales which continue to carry weight in daily lives and identities of Indigenous Shetlanders.
In 2016 I began to enjoy watercolour, doing quick small paintings. The paintings diarised places I work and visit here in Far North Queensland, and interstate, in Australia. Watercolour is a way to work immediately, it has given me another tool to interpret what I see and feel about living in Australia.
Hannah has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from University of Wollongong, majoring in printmaking and writing. She works in remote and local Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland and Cape York Peninsula, facilitating printmaking and weaving workshops in Community Art Centres. Hannah collaborates with, and mentors, individual artists. She also runs storytelling workshops in local schools and community programs. Since 2000 Hannah has regularly had solo exhibitions of her prints and paintings; and participates in group exhibitions. Her work is in collections in Australia, USA and Italy.
The artist lives and works in Cairns, a regional city located in far northern tropical Australia. Along with reading and writing essays and short stories, Hannah loves being in remote places and immersed in our natural environment.
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