Hannah Beehre’s practice ranges across a variety of media, including drawing, installation, and painting. Her works use unexpected contrast to establish visually intriguing relationships and encompass “the exotic and the sublime in her explorations of the natural world.” (1) They suggest forces beyond human ken and control, and the viewer is situated within and subject to the environment rather than existing in a position of dominance over it.
Beehre’s most recent works use dyed silk velvet and crystal to elicit impressions of deep space. There is a subtle visual tension between the fluidity of the dye work, the highly refractive crystals, and the rich, light-absorbing surface of the textile. Previous collaborations with Aaron Beehre have included site-specific interactive and immersive video works in the City Gallery Wellington, Auckland’s Te Tuhi Gallery and Christchurch’s post-quake NG artspace.
Hannah gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2000 and was a recipient of the Olivia Spencer Bower Trust Award in 2004. In 2012 she went to Antarctica as an Artist-in-Residence.
1. Artist statement.