Shelley Hall - Beneath The Layers (Solo Show 8-23 MARCH 2014)
Explain a little about the theme of this exhibition
‘Beneath the Layers’ is a series of representational paintings focusing on my everyday life. All of the paintings have some personal significance to me such as flowers from my garden, my partner and objects in my immediate environment. In doing these works, I discovered many different layers of meaning within seemingly simple objects and experiences. These paintings are also a metaphor for stripping back the masks we wear. However, I prefer to leave the final interpretation up to the viewer as everyone will see something different in the work.
Could you explain the process and style of your work?
In this exhibition, I have used fairly traditional painting techniques often working directly from life. My work is mostly expressionist in that I prefer to capture the emotion and feeling of the subject rather than an accurate depiction. I really enjoy the spontaneity of working this way.
How has your work developed over the years?
Since moving to Central Victoria from Melbourne a few years ago, my work has continued to evolve. Initially I was inspired by the Central Victorian landscape and spent a lot of my time walking around drawing and connecting to the bush. In this latest work, I have shifted my focus closer to home. I have really enjoyed painting on a smaller scale and the connection I have made to more intimate subjects.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My first reaction is to say a paint brush, but it’s probably my suitcase of oil paints. My second choice would be the view of the garden from my studio, as it is a constant source of meditation and inspiration.
Where to next for you artistically?
I am really enjoying the figurative aspect of painting at the moment so I will probably continue in that direction. I suspect my work will become more expressive over time as I am really enjoying that aspect as well.
Beneath the layers is a series of observational paintings centred around Hall's immediate environment and surrounding local landscape.
"Focusing on what I see around me, these paintings are meditations on familiar scenes, objects and experiences of my everyday life."