Lot 83 - Hannah Kate Absalom - Utopias
Oil and Acrylic on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Absalom is a 2020 graduate of The Glasgow School of Art with a BaHons in Fine Art - Painting & Printmaking. Though originally from Northumberland, she is currently based in Glasgow, working as a practicing artist. Absalom has also studied at The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, and over the last few years has taken part in several film festivals and exhibited internationally. In September 2022 she will be relocating to London to study a 2 year MFA at Central Saint Martins.
The Glasgow School of Art
Solo exhibition, Imbala, Jerusalem, 2019.
Group exhibition, SOUP, Glue Factory, Glasgow, 2019.
Group exhibition, Across the Sea, Pratt Institute, New York, 2019.
Group exhibition, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow, 2020.
Group exhibition, Ten Past Six, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow, 2020.
Group exhibition, The Pieces are in Flux, Salt Space Gallery, Glasgow, 2020.
Films screened at Interlude Film Festival, SWG3 and ISO Design, Glasgow, 2021.
Group exhibition, The Alternative Degree Show, The Briggait, Glasgow, 2021.
Group exhibition, Open Cut, The Wunderkammer Project, Transmission, Glasgow
Solo exhibition, Tchai Ovna, Glasgow, 2022.
Solo exhibition, MIASMA, WASPS South Block, Glasgow, 2022.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The works I have submitted reflect by current practice of investigating religious and mythic dystopias within a contemporary framework. The figures on my postcards, such as the hooded figure and pale horse are reoccurring within my works and act as warning prophets of sorts.
My work primarily focuses on concepts surrounding religion and mysticism through a contemporary interpretation of ancient iconography, ritual and folklore. Aside from narrative tales, I also explore collective thought, in which certain symbols, colours, creatures and bodily gestures invoke shared responses across time and culture.
In addition to exploring the effect of religion upon traditional art forms, this investigation expands into a reflection of Judeo-Christianity on the aesthetics of the grotesque and horror. I aim to present a classical yet surreal interpretation of dystopias and apocalypses within the framework of contemporary concerns; political, societal and environmental.
The uncanny is an underlying aspect of my practice. The imagery used within the postcard artwork is unsettling, disturbing and hypnotic in its blending of dream and dogma.
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