KellyAnne Hanrahan November 2013

by Ryan Salinetti


KellyAnne Hanrahan, Artist, was first featured on The Nice Niche in January 2013...

http://www.theniceniche.com/kellyanne-hanrahan-artist

Before we get into what you've been working on since your feature on The Nice Niche, can you tell me about Garbage Painting #56? Is there a narrative behind "ants"?

This is one of my favorites… At this point in the "Garbage Paintings" series I was following the trail of evolution and depicting each species that appeared on earth, in order. This was the ants painting. I had painted the beetle just before this one, but obviously wasn't quite through painting beetles. I really enjoy painting insects.

Garbage painting #56, Chapter 6 (ants), 36 x 24, oil on canvas, 2013

Garbage painting #56, Chapter 6 (ants), 36 x 24, oil on canvas, 2013

You've segued from Garbage to Animals, or more specifically, Animals with People... DO tell....

Heh heh. People are animals. While I was painting garbage, I became more interested in the animals I was painting with the garbage than the trash itself. Instead of imagining static landscapes left behind by humans, I became more interested in exploring the relationship humans currently have with non-human animals.

It's fascinating to me how the relationship we have with our fellow animals has evolved. Our healthy fear of snakes has been captured, defanged and turned into a tourist photo opportunity.

I get most of my material from the internet, and am often taken aback by the photos I come across. I'll bet there was a time when you could feel pretty special for "wrestling" an alligator and getting a picture of it. Now, just search for "alligator wrestling" online and you'll come up with thousands of pictures of people doing the exact same thing at a place called "Gatorland". It has changed my approach to painting human portraits from rich and colorful to desaturated and zombie-like. And I often laugh at my own child-like depiction of non-human animals, revealing how much I romanticize the beasts.

http://www.oilpaintingsofanimals.com

Birds Four pieces: 24 x 18 each oil on canvas 2013

Birds

Four pieces: 24 x 18 each
oil on canvas
2013