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.
Mind Game (2016)
Mixed media on relief paper collage
25 x 25 cm framed
‘I am very interested in urban growth, food systems and public green space. Inspired by my time volunteering in urban farms, parks and nurseries. I have created an imaginary ‘sacred’ growing space, away from the roads and buildings. As with all my work, the images contains many tiny, detailed and mysterious elements that I leave up to the viewer to decipher: the ladder, the flowers’ eyes, and are those ears or mushrooms growing on the trees?’