Bonnie Hanlon

 

1. Born & Live...

 I was born in Melbourne and I grew up in Lancefield. I spent my 20’s in the Northern suburbs but have recently moved back to a more familiar landscape.

2.  I love working with/on...

I love all materials to be honest and get seduced by different mediums all the time. That said watercolour has long been one of my most favourite materials to use. I love its honesty; it’s so true to the different nature and characteristics of each pigment. Watercolour can be really unforgiving, but I love that too. The embroidery element to my work is a fairly recent addition, although needlework is always something I’ve done, I need to be doing something with my hands, almost constantly, so I was really pleased when I found a way to integrate stitching in to my arts practice, I find repetitive and methodical processes quite soothing and meditative and it helps to clear my head so I can just think visually. The inception of new works often starts when I’m stitching.

3.  I was trained...

BA Fine Art RMIT & Honours Fine Art RMIT

4.  I like to work…

I like to work as soon as I wake up, having my morning coffee in the studio and not coming out again until I absolutely have to, but unfortunately I work full time so that doesn’t happen as often as I would like, so generally I get up extra early and have an hour or so in the studio before I have to leave and if I’m working to a deadline I’ll get back in the studio when I get home from work. I like to work in my pyjamas (I have a home studio, so I figure that’s ok) I find if I get dressed and ready before I start working in the studio my mind is already too full of distracting thoughts and a sense of obligation to do something other than work in the studio. So I like to work very early in the morning, before anyone is awake or likely to call so I can relax and get fully immersed in what I’m doing. I suppose it would be similar late at night, but I love mornings, they are so full of promise and possibility- and that’s the feeling I like to enter my studio with.

5.  I decided to become an Artist when..

I don’t remember ever having a defining moment where I decided to become an artist. It’s just always been something that I do. I went to art school straight out of high school without any real plan for my future, I just sort of followed my gut and hoped it would work out. I’m still a lot like that to be honest.

6.  If for some (horrible) reason I couldn’t be an Artist/do my Art, I wouldn’t mind being…

I would 1) be some kind of engineer, I have one of those schematic sort of minds so I think engineering is something I’d enjoy and possibly be good at and it seems like a sensible thing to be, or 2) I’d be a gardener, I’d love to design big beautiful gardens and spend most of my time outside, alone with the plants, that seems like heaven to me.

 

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