Hannah Ireland: Running With Scissors

Hannah Ireland’s (b1995 Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) practice embodies the notion of contemporary portraiture. The essence of each subject conveyed emotively through a gestural depiction. Ireland’s works, though painted, have an undeniable sculptural quality in how she approaches not only display but also the process of making. Often repurposing disused window frames as a painting support, Ireland paints the foreground first to achieve her finished compositions. The layering achieved in the process of painting on glass creates a sense of abstraction and allows room for interpretation.

Running With Scissors pushes the sculptural quality of the artist’s approach to painting further — into a realm of installation. Noting the domestic quality of her painted supports, Ireland creates a scenario whereby the viewer can peek into the private domain of the subject through a shroud of glass.

Hannah Ireland is based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Ireland was the 2021 winner of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award.


I whanau mai a Hannah Ireland i te tau 1995, no Ngāti Hine me Ngāpuhi ia. He maha te wā ka whakamahingia anō tia e ia ngā taitapa matapihi hei tahataha tautoko mānea. I peitangia e Ireland te wāhanga o mua i te tuatahi kia taea te whakaoti tāna mahi na te tukanga tuitui whakapaparanga i runga i te matapihi ka hangaia te wairua peita tūrehurehu, ma reira ka taea e te kaimātaki te kite tāna e hiahia ai.

Image: Hannah Ireland, Silly Billy, 2023, watercolour and acrylic on found window.

Courtesy of the Artist and Jhana Millers

This exhibition was made possible with the support of The Chartwell Project.

12 August - 12 November 2023

Photos by Sam Hartnett 


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