Art Talk | Hannah Carrick
Sydney based artist Hannah Carrick has a fascination with the female form. Her free-flowing paintings, which are set in magical seaside locations we want to jump into, celebrate her love and admiration of women - not just for their natural beauty but also for their strength, strong bonds with each other, radiance and pure strength. We caught up with Hannah to find out about her creative process, the aesthetic thread which ties all her work together and the best advice she’s ever received.
Did you grow up knowing you wanted to work as a creative? Yes, always! From a young age I wanted to be a singer but I was too nervous to sing in front of people so that dream was squashed pretty quickly.
When did you first come into contact with modern art? In high school. I loved Ozzie Wright’s work - he really sparked my interest in the art world.
How did you respond to it that first time? I wanted to be apart of it.
As an artist, did it take some time to hone in on your aesthetic? Yes! I didn’t show anyone my work for a really long time. It took me a while to just go with the flow of what I was creating and inspired by.
The nude female form features heavily in your work - why is it such a constant? The women in my artworks symbolise natural beauty. Women are a constant in my artwork because I believe the female form is simply the most beautiful thing - not only visually, but also because of what it's capable of. The email form can be alluring and sensual, yet also strong and practical.
Does it matter where you work? Are there certain environments that have an effect on your creativity? Yes 100%. I don’t work well with people or noise around me. I can draw anywhere and work on ideas while I travel - but when painting I need to be alone.
Is there a creative or aesthetic thread which ties your work together? My work is heavily inspired by summer and childhood memories of growing up by the sea. I try to create a blissful place in my paintings which I hope evokes a certain type of harmony and happiness for the viewer.
What ideas are you working on at the moment? I’m working towards my next show. The works are heavily inspired by European summer.
My perfect day would involve: Spin class, ocean swim, late lunch with friends and cuddles with my boyfriend.
I am most inspired by: Summer!
Best advice I’ve ever received: Don’t compare your life with other people’s lives.
I couldn’t live without: My mum .
My favourite daily ritual: Coffee and essential oils
On my wish-list: A puppy!
I’m currently reading:. The Lost Girls by Ava Benny-Morrison and Happy Never After by Jill Stark.
And listening to: Maribou State, Four Tet and Travis Scott.
My guilty pleasure: Vegan cookies.
My mantra is: Be grateful.