MICHELLE HANLIN
RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS BY SPIRITS
17 MAY – 9 JUNE 2007

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Betty 2007
acrylic on canvas
51 × 41 cm

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Constance 2007
all acrylic on canvas
51 × 41 cm

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Cup 2007
acrylic on canvas
51 × 41 cm

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House 2007
acrylic on canvas
51 × 41 cm

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Run to the Hills 2006
acrylic on canvas
101 × 101 cm 

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Run for your Life 2006
acrylic on canvas
101 × 101 cm

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Burgundy Gown 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable

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Good Girl 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable  

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All Saints 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable                                                 

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Blue Bag 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable  

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Good Boy 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable 

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Cave Man 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable   

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Slow Surprise 2007
mixed media
dimensions variable

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I’ve been to Paradise (Selfish Portraits) 2006
mixed media
dimensions variable 

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Ladybird 2007
acrylic on canvas
61 × 61 cm

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Unhealthy Painting 2007
acrylic on canvas
183 × 61 cm     


What is spiritual? Superstition, praying, candles, churches, glowing, higher up places, god, death, the supernatural, ghost trains, saints, places, grottoes, animals spirits, invisibility.

No matter how fantastic spiritual experiences seem, there is a psychological reality to them. It’s a kind of magic to take on another spirit by putting on a mask.

Rendered Unconscious by Spirits humorously explores the various forms spirituality takes including the unconscious, incidental, personal forms that aren’t necessarily religious but are our own and are abstract and unique. These artworks are abstractions of religious iconography with any identifiable symbolism erased, in an attempt to reveal the pure experience of religious superstition, awe and mystery. 

The work is trying to articulate a new aesthetic for the dream realm of the unconscious, something more enticing than the drab impersonality of psychiatry, or the clichés of ‘new age’ spirituality.