6 April – 1 May 2016

Hayley Megan French

Hints of things we know

Hints of things we know runs concurrently with The Red House at Penrith Regional Gallery. The paintings in both exhibitions present imagined and constructed spaces that operate between moments, places and memories of time spent in Warmun in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The works also bring together an amalgamation of different influences to construct new landscapes. These reimagined landscapes draw on experiences both from around Australia and elsewhere; in particular, Northern Thailand and Western U.S.A. Through the repetition and combination of forms and lines, the paintings are creating and recreating connections to these places and moments of significance. 

The title Hints of things we know draws back to Jonathan McBurnie’s observations of the embodied forms inherent in my abstractions, as well as alluding to the thought and discovery present in the process of making. The paintings themselves are a quiet but earnest reflection on what I am learning – their titles an acknowledgement of a few major influences on this body of work. 

This work aims to engage with ideas of influence – and inherent in this, the ambiguity and difference – of the artists, artworks and culture that surround us and inform us in this time and place. 

These works have been created with the support of the NSW Artists’ Grant, the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Painting, Parramatta Artist Studios and the Penrith Regional Gallery Summer Studio Residency.

Photos: Docqment

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