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Rowena Hannan - 'Accosting the stars' Catalogue


Published on September 23, 2015

Rowena Hannan’s latest ceramic work uses the classical structure of the bust, a composition generally dedicated to heroic male figures, these young female images challenge our notion of the sculptural portrait in art history. Their whimsical naivety is juxtaposed with a sense of destiny, posing a dialogue between their known narrative and the individual’s freewill. The serpentine nature of the hair meanders upward into space in contrast with the wistful stillness of the young faces while referencing the individual stories and female sensuality. They are youthful versions of the adult figures, which are caught up in a no man’s land between innocence and knowing. As Tom Stoppard’s players said facing their own sense of powerlessness, in his play, ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead’, “the wheels are set in motion we have no control.”