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Hannah Stenstrom

Ku-ring-gai High School

Artwork title
Untitled: after Hokusai
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

The original idea of space is an infinite space – through my art-making I aimed to explore the unconscious, interior space of ‘being’. Like abstract expressionist Franz Kline, I have favoured a spontaneous, abstracted representation of a complex thought – where the physical act of creation takes precedence to the final product. I have used a variety of media and techniques with an emphasis on automatism and the element of chance in my approach. The starting point for my body of work was in fact a rapid, calligraphic ink drawing – an idea I experimented with and developed to eventually transfer to large-format canvases.

Collection connections

Investigate the influence of Japanese calligraphy on the work of Western artists. Imagine that you are the artist creating one of these works. Choose one work and outline the processes and the materials needed to make it. Discuss how the act of creation is evident in the work of these artists? Suggest ways the scale of an artwork can affect the audience’s response. Comment on the way Hannah Stenstrom, Hokusai pupils and Peter Upward use both positive and negative space in their work.