Still Life, 2013
Stitched wool on pink linen
Original size: 78.7 x 51 in / 200 x 130 cm
Photographer: Anna Arca
Hannah Knox (b. London, 1978) and lives and works in London. Her practice takes painting as its focus. Her most recent works are made from a selection of fabrics and cloths, ostensibly unpainted they are stained, poured, dipped, printed or sprayed. Shape-shifting they fall from the ceiling, hang out on the floor or gather themselves up to make a stand-in body in the room; actively embracing the world beyond the wall.
Using a variety of materials and surfaces, the works play with relationships both as a metaphor and in a more literal way as a marriage or clash of colours. Knox’s paintings are made to perform, change colour, heat up or sensually absorb light from the room. They are often presented as an installation with paintings linking to one another in a familial group, colours run through, some appear to be cropped, zoomed in and repeated. The more recent paintings feel spacey, as if seen from above, suggesting a galaxy and a bigger picture. They are attention-getting with a fluorescent palette of bright pinks, two-tone dupion, silks and sea blues, the initial loudness of the hues flat lining into a quieter echo or vibration.