This stunning painting, titled Third Day Unveiling, is a large, immersive work, measuring 1200 x 2400mm. Organic, abstract forms are immediately suggestive of life flourishing in new light. Utterly fluent, these strangely alive blooms fill the viewer’s field of vision, while the painting’s translucent layers gesture towards life—an unveiling.
Hannah describes how she came to create this work:
How do you convey the unseen, using the medium of paint? This was a question I grappled with throughout my four years as an art student. The starting point for the series from which this painting comes was Genesis 1:2b: “and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.” Like wind, the Spirit stirred, shaped and filled the lungs of creation.
This act of the unseen revealing itself through the seen is a concept I’ve translated literally into my painting technique. Air is used to move and shape the paint and medium across the surface, creating organic forms that are sometimes opaque and intensely coloured, sometimes translucent and subtle, revealing the layers beneath. The technique is not as precise as painting with a brush and means the painting itself almost takes on a life of its own, moving where the air takes it. A mistake becomes a ”beautiful oops”¹ that must be worked with, rather than forced into something it was never going to be. The end piece is always something of a surprise.