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Bundanon

Hayley Megan French

Hayley Megan French

Art Form: Painting

Residency Year: 2023

Lives / Works: Western Sydney, Dharug Land

I work primarily in painting, moving between abstraction and representation.

I paint the streets of suburbia, homes, yards, and memories of landscapes. I love the capacity of painting to create an intimacy and slowness that can bring different ideas and experiences into conversation with each other. I live on Dharug land in Western Sydney. I believe it is important to engage with the places we live with a renewed wonder and critical attention to better understand who we are and how we live.

Alongside my painting practice, I also write, curate and work as Curator + Artist Development for Parramatta Artists’ Studios. I completed a PhD on Australian Painting in 2015 and work intermittently as a fieldwork researcher in Cultural Economics at Macquarie University. My writing has been published in Art Collector Magazine, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts Journal and Semaphore. I exhibit regularly in artist-run, regional and commercial galleries around Australia. I am represented by Alexandra Lawson Gallery, Toowoomba.

 

In Residence at Bundanon

Through exploration of the surrounding landscape, which sits in stark contrast to my suburban home, I will expand my studio practice through the consideration of my relationships to different landscapes. Importantly, my studio methodologies (walking, documenting, researching, painting, writing) enhance my sense of belonging in a place, while also challenging and unsettling my relationship and agency in place and Country in Australia. Utilising these methodologies, I will develop a new series of paintings in response to the local landscape and research undertaken onsite.

During my residency I will also be undertaking the self-directed Artist Residency in Motherhood program. I will utilise this residency to reconfigure my studio time and establish new rhythms and methods of working as a new parent.

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Bundanon acknowledges the people of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups as the traditional owners of the land within our boundaries, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

This website contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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