Glasgow Print Studio‘s featured artist in June is Norwegian-Scots artist Hanne Lillee: Breeders is a new series of monotype prints examining biomorphic and microbial forms of simple organisms, focusing on their growth and proliferation, their shapes and structures, and their fascinating dynamics. Although unseen, microscopic organisms dominate life on earth, wasting nothing in releasing and recycling nutrients essential to life, relying on the decay and decomposition of matter, and in some cases surviving by infestation of living bodies, making them both allies, and enemies, to other forms of life.
This paradox is at the heart of the exhibition, which explores the complexities in the cycle putrefaction to procreation, decay to rebirth, interpreted in abstract monoprints which have been created with the least possible environmental impact, whereby flat surfaces are inked-up with water-based inks, then manipulated with various tools without the use of acid or other toxic substances. With access to printing presses limited due to the pandemic, the pieces were handprinted in her studio.
Originally from Norway, Hanne lives and works in Glasgow. She gained her MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London, and has hosted solo exhibitions at Mount Florida Gallery & Studios in Glasgow, and at Fotogalleriet in Oslo. She is also publishing Foreign Fauna – a photographic series exploring natural cycles, which she has worked on since 2016.