Sheena Hanrahan

Sheena Hanrahan

Sheena Hanrahan studied Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts and completed a Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design at Holmesglen TAFE. She is also a Secondary Art teacher.

Sheena has been making figurative work for nearly twenty years, particularly focusing on the nude. She had a solo show at Brunswick Street Gallery in 2009 and has participated in group exhibitions at galleries such as Steps, Port Art, Linden and 69 Smith Street.

In 2015 Sheena has been reinventing her studio practice, finding ways to rebuild a relationship with art making, while juggling family life as a mother of two young children.

Sheena’s current work focuses on the pregnant nude and the idea of transformation. Her figures explore the changes of mind and body experienced during pregnancy, the process of becoming a mother and growing a baby being one of life’s ultimate creations. Images focus on tone and the volume of the pregnant form as well as experimenting with painting techniques and style. These works explore the tension between structure, control, spontaneous line and random bleeds in paint. The repetition of a single image allows the paintings to resonate collectively while highlighting the different treatment of each figure.

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