Hannah Maybank’s work is an exploration into the subject of decay and renewal through paint and flora.
We always yearn for those things that we can’t quite capture. There is great beauty in loss and impermanence. This can be personified by a flower teetering on the ‘perfection’ of full bloom only to tip over into deterioration and transition.
Material presence is of great importance within the paintings. By making her own watercolours, different pigments are selected to move and react with one another, beyond her control. An example of this is verdigris that seeps from brilliant emerald green, back to the copper of its origin. Cast iron powder blooms with rust as the seasons change.
In the acrylic and latex works paint is layered again and again over pockets of latex – wrapping the picture up to produce its own ‘rings of a tree’. These painted layers are then ruptured to reveal the composition and lifespan of the piece as it breaks out of, or dies back from, the surface.
By using the physicality of paint, repetition, reaction and the subject of flora these works hold an implied or actual ‘life’ of their own beyond completion.
Hannah Maybank’s solo exhibitions include The New Art Gallery Walsall (2005) and The Hatton Gallery Newcastle (2008). Group shows include ArtSway’s New Forest Pavilion, Palazzo Zenobio, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). She has been the recipient of The ArtSway Production Residency 2008, The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship 2010-11 and was commissioned to make a new body of work for the 2013 Wirksworth Festival. Her solo exhibition ‘Rust and Bloom’ opens at the end of February 2016 at Rochester Art Gallery. She lives and works in London.