The Nassau Guardian - Arts & Culture / by Natascha Vazquez

Finding Self Through Abstraction
by Natascha Vazquez

Kendal Hanna. "Untitled (Rainbow Explosion)", 1993, 13 x 16", watercolor on paper. Courtesy of The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Kendal Hanna. "Untitled (Rainbow Explosion)", 1993, 13 x 16", watercolor on paper. Courtesy of The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

"Influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Hanna’s work sits in dialogue with revolutionary artists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning, to name a few. De Kooning often left his works with a sense of dynamic incompletion, as if the work was still in process. The paintings embodied the term ‘action painting’- proof of the high-energy physical work that went into its creation. Similarly, Hanna’s work exemplifies a process-oriented development rather than the finished traditional work of fine painting. Pollock known as “Jack the Dripper” engaged with his canvas in the non-traditional way of flinging paint as he stood over the massive canvas on the floor. He engaged in the paintings through physical movement, and each mark exemplified the high energy process of which he worked. Rauschenberg engaged in physical mark making, as well, and was quoted to saying that he wanted to work “in the gap between art and life”, comparable to Hanna’s struggle with schizophrenia and being an artist."

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