Hannah Ireland, Spiced Rum, 2020. Watercolour, ink and house paint on glass, framed 31.5 x 23 x 4.5cm.
“Working on the reverse side of glass, Hannah Ireland paints portraits whereby the viewer is privy to her initial marks, rather than the marks re-worked which remain hidden,” says Payne. “Occupying their box-like frames, Ireland’s sitters are carefully housed, looking outwards from a thin and sleek exterior. Through the process of making, Ireland mimics the experience of presenting the self; aspects we leave hidden, attributes we move forwards, and the ambiguity in between as we adjust the mask.”