Hanna Kay: Trajectory

Hanna Kay, Brushland, study 2011 (detail), oil and tempera on clay board; Image used courtesy of the artist.

21 September - 2 November 2014

This survey exhibition of Hanna Kay’s work of the past four years follows on from her last exhibition held at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Weightlessness held in 2010. The works in the exhibition still feature the luminous, ethereal quality that has made Hanna’s work so popular but there is a new dimension to her recent work which takes the viewer into a more fragmented and destructive nature. Hanna’s view of her beloved  Upper Hunter Region is now not just subject to the traces of farm vehicles left behind in the mud and across the autumn grasses but is now being tossed around by explosions of great boulders, by the plumes of dust left behind by massive earth movements. Are these the results of coal and gas extraction or are we witness to some cataclysmic end of time? The viewer must decide for themselves.

According to Muswellbrook Mayor, Councillor Martin Rush  “Hanna Kay takes the landscape and humankind’s impact upon it very seriously and through her art is able to engage the public both emotionally and intellectually in a way that few other artists working in Australia can”.

Image: Hanna Kay, Brushland, study 2011 (detail), oil and tempera on clay board; Image used courtesy of the artist.