Hannah Beehre: Mures, et Terram

In collaboration with Jonathan Smart Gallery, CoCA presents Mures, et Terram by Christchurch-based artist Hannah Beehre.

This large, seven-panel drawing explores chance as both artistic strategy and subject.

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Expressive applications of ink on canvas create the chaotic composition from which mice, frogs and lizards emerge in finely sketched charcoal line. These small creatures are human surrogates created to evoke insecurities such as our to our inability to control life circumstances. Beehre explains: 

"I was interested in creating an epic in which motion, chaos and instability were the main drivers. The narratives that surface within the work are based in situation and circumstance, describing actions and responses of those subjected to/overwhelmed by its violent nature . . .  it contains for me a very human story of fear, loss and recovery."


Hannah Beehre has exhibited in galleries, museums and events throughout Aotearoa New Zealand such as: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu; City Gallery, Wellington; Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin; 2008 SCAPE Biennial, Christchurch; The Physics Room, Christchurch; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; The Dowse, Lower Hutt; Te Tuhi, Auckland; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Hannah gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2000. She has been an Olivia Spencer Bower Trust Award Recipient, Artist in Residence at Scott Base, Antarctica and recently won the 2016 Parkin Prize for drawing. Hannah is represented by Jonathan Smart Gallery in Christchurch.