Hannah Fox, Artist
Hannah Fox's paintings have a natural and elemental quality to them, the dappled colours and sense of light are something special. And how about that dreamy studio!? We're delighted to share the details of her upcoming exhibition with you all too - read on for more.
What do you do?
I am a visual artist. My true love is painting and this forms the majority of my practice.
The collective inspiration for my art is the allure of the nature, the subtleties of the landscape and what is overlooked in the everyday. I am motivated by simple aesthetics — space, light, colour and texture. As an artist, I employ a visual language to allow us to see things in a new light.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Share the love!
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
- Graduating from my Fine Art Degree. — Pride
- Resigning from my corporate graphic design job. — Liberation
- Holding my first solo exhibition which was a sell out! — Belief
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I am excited to be having my fourth solo exhibition Faraway coming up in July in Melbourne. It is always nerve wracking wondering how my paintings will be received, yet it is a thrill to see a body of new work come together.
I am also looking forward to exhibiting with friend and talented artist Bec Smith later in the year. Conceptually and aesthetically, our paintings differ, yet we share a passion for the abstract. It will be great to see the juxtaposition of our work exhibited side by side.
What is your dream project?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one! The sky is the limit with possibility! I would like to think that my practice will take on twists and turns in the future, and explore different forms and various mediums. As far as painting goes, I would love to be commissioned to fit out a boutique hotel with my art.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
“This time next year you’ll wish you started today. So, start now!”
I also love the idea that ‘if you are not creating, you are consuming.’
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
I know every lyric to every Wham song. Don’t get me started!
I’m not sure if that is surprising or just embarrassing!
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
I would love to see more artist residencies on offer for artists who have families. There is an undeniable slant towards residencies being for those that are child free. Some flexibility would be wonderful.
What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?
How can we find out more about your work?
And come along and say hi at my exhibition!
277 High Street Northcote, Melbourne.
July 26 — August 6, 2017
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
Bec Smith – come on down!
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
In the past I didn’t put myself out there and wasn’t confident to ‘network’ within my field. I have learnt the importance of ‘finding my tribe’. I have collaborated and worked with some amazingly talented ladies in the last couple of years. Painting on your own in a studio can be very isolating so meeting and supporting other women artists and creatives has been invaluable.
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
After the birth of my three children, I found I was questioning the reality of me being an artist. How could I prioritise art, now that I was a mother?
Was it selfish of me to listen to my creative urges and make time for art?
Reading ‘The Divided Heart’ by Rachel Power was a defining moment. I realised that not only could I be an artist and mother, but that I must be.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
Listening to – Bach’s Cello Suites, Radio National and Creative Mornings and TED talk podcasts.
Reading – or looking at the 16+ book spines sitting on my bed side table. There are some fascinating reads in there I’m sure!
Watching – the doco ‘Peggy Guggenheim — Art Addict’, old episodes of Party of Five!, and counting down the days for when ABC’s Utopia is back on air. Love it!
What places are important to you?
My home studio is my sanctuary. I am my truest self in here where I let inhibition go and I create.
I also couldn’t create without the influence of the outdoors and the landscape….I love my local bush corridor Merri Creek, as well as places further afield down on the Mornington Peninsula where a bush walk enlivens the senses and never disappoints.