Hannah Melville

Hannah Melville: Nightingale (life makes my heart like deer's feet).
Hannah Melville: Perennial.

According to Hannah the business of existing is as mundane or as magic as one choses to make it. A central concept to her work is embodied in the statement “Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme." Meaning that nothing is ever lost or wasted. Everything, all energies and experiences can be transformed or can be transformative, if only we have the will to do so.

Hannah likens her working proccess to a garden, "seeds are planted, and others just take hold, some becoming rampant, others dying down to trace elements, roots unearthing treasure. Reveling in nature, blooms and berries, female figures and their familiars, sometimes slightly feral or pollen covered, juicy, squelchy, blooming and magic, transform and transmute with an archaic smile. Like the somewhat creaky yet compelling mystery of the tarot card my paintings contain a wealth of references which can be extrapolated on or left to their own devices”.

Originally from Devonport, Hannah studied at Elam and COFA showing with Anna Bibby Gallery and Mori Gallery Sydney. She has lived in London, Sydney and for the last very long while in the south of France, and is thrilled to be back home beside the sea after her personal Odyssey.