Hannah Battershell’s work is known for its detail and humour. Layers of tiny pieces of Japanese paper form intricate, eerie landscapes; old tobacco tins house diorama-like scenes; the holes of a button become ghostly eyes staring out of a tiny portrait.She was born in Cardiff in 1983 and grew up in Malawi and boarding school in London and now lives and works in Bristol. Drawing inspiration from literature, her dreams, medieval paintings, Victorian children’s book illustrations and many other sources, Hannah’s playfully dark tone, blends the surreal and the melancholy, tempered by gothic humour. A half-remembered quotation, a sentence in a book or an overheard anecdote, might also spark ideas resulting in an artwork.Hannah Battershell’s exhibitions include various solo shows at Curwen Gallery in Fitzrovia, London, and at The Rectory Gallery, Spitalfields. Other exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 2011, 2013 and 2014 and the Other Art Fair, and the National Open Art Competition at the RCA in 2015. Her painting ‘Crocodilian’ was selected to appear in ‘Images 36’, the Association of Illustrators’ Best of new British illustration publication.
Mixed media on relief paper in a found matchbox
18 x 18 cm framed
‘Someone’s holiday has taken a strange turn. Using the original packaging colours and themes as a point of departure I have imagined a scene playing out in the space of this open matchbox. Even the tiny beer bottle, a millimetre or two across, is cut out of painted paper.’