Underpinned by personal encounters of trauma, pain and immeasurable endurance, Hannah Perfect’s entire practice expands the boundaries of painting beyond its primary materialistic parameters.
Informed by documentative black and white images, that delicately balance an inquiry between investigative exploration and experimentation, both Hannah’s painterly and photographic works are exemplifications of independent study and traditional making techniques. They play with space, surrounding, and display of internalised responses to the sensory.
With an acute interest in concepts of preservation, the combined works of the artist are an embodiment of stunted decay – physically manifested, emotionally and creatively instigated.
A silent dialogue inhabits the space between Hannah’s own experience of life and her fascination with the greater contextual placement of trauma and its effect on memory. Accessible, relevant and widely applicable in an open and expressionistic portrayal of the human condition through her making.
A sense of erratic engagement in the construction of Hannah’s work is explicit of an awareness of its purpose; intentionally insightful within the abstract, visual translation of a narrative.
Materiality and beauty become obscured notions in their pairing, purposefully intertwined in a discussion of fragility. Subtle infiltrations of this quality in the works are quietened by their highly structured compositional components, formulated in concentrated arrangements of substrate, encased in an all-purpose filler to create a false echo of resilience.