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Hannah Shaw-Giles

Fine Art, BA (Hons)

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About me

Producing work ethically and advocating for change to the status quo is my priority. I work to grant unwanted objects a new purpose and function; creating a new materiality for the items I collect. The presentation of waste as being desirable redefines value, and I enjoy finding value in the things we throw in the bin. I engage with low-grade materials not only as a rejection of consumer culture, but also as a challenge of high-art.

My practice is an exploration into expanded painting through the reconceptualization of desirable material. Using stale decorating paint to manipulate small shreds of unrecyclable rubbish into workable surfaces enables me to remove virgin material from my practice, using only what is already in circulation. From the canvas prints I source from charity shops, to expired household emulsion, to the consumer waste I use for texture – everything I use has been discarded.

External

  • (2023) Tom Buckroyd Award
  • (2023) Nominated for Freelands Foundation Painting Prize
  • (2023) Nominated for New Blood Art Emerging Artist Prize

Mustard (2023)

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Takeaway (2022)

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Beloved (2023)

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Bit of bubblewrap in there (2023)

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Colin (2023)

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Untitled Raw Material (2023)

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Laburnum (2022)

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Overflow Pile (2023)

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Paint Lid #4

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Untitled (2023)

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Keywords: Sustainability, Rubbish, Materiality, Environment, Texture


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