About Andrea Hamann
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My creative focus centres around a number of strong themes, abstract landscapes, botanical and floral abstracts, bird art and
the convergence of Indigenous and Colonial cultures.
The Colonial history's of places like Norfolk Island, with Colonial, Pitcairn and Polynesian influences, the colonial influence on melanesian cultures of Papua New Guinea are incredibly interesting to me. The many aspects of colonialism and the period of exploration, from botanical discovery, butterfly collections, to colonial dress, and the cultural influences on melanesian and polynesian culture. My memories of these places, where I lived as an adult and child respectively, memories of travel, and the richly tropical jungle landscapes of these places that have surrounded me on and off during my life influence my work.
The result is abstract paintings of jungles, forests and flowers, with characters that are part tribal, part colonial, hiding amongst them. A narrative of Indigenous and Island cultures, and a colonial past, with the influence of museum collections, of artifacts, of butterflies and birds are all explored and interpreted in my work.
Since moving to back to mainland Australia, my art has been dramatically influenced by the winter landscape of the highlands. I still pursue my subject matter of colonialism, island cultures and the tropics , but now the influence of the highlands landscape is creeping into my paintings.