Anne Hastie’s latest body of works takes inspiration from the rich and vibrant culture of contemporary China. Produced during Hastie’s third artist-in-residency at Beijng’s Red Gate Gallery in 2009, these layered compositions were in part developed as a response to Beijing’s vast, densely-layered urban environments. Elements of colour, atmosphere and environment are translated into abstract, highly textured works with extraordinary physical presence.
Made in China 2 also continues Hastie’s exploration of the materiality of paint and the process of painting. Her use of over-painting fractures each image into layers, reflecting the time it takes to create each work. Hastie employs an innovative technique devised during one of her previous residencies in Beijing; that of manipulating Chinese ink suspended in acrylic varnish to create intricate layers and a physical sensation of depth.