Intimate Bonding Of Mother And Child

Emma Brennan, The Western Suburbs Newspaper, Tuesday Feb 21st 2006

Intimate Bonding Of Mother And Child

Becoming a mother has changed the way that Wembley artist Shannon Hamilton works.

“It was difficult at first, but I have become much more focused and I have to use my time more productively,” she said.

“The work has also become more fluid and the colours are more bold and vivid.”

Hamilton (31) is staging a rare local exhibition at Jah Roc Gallery, Margaret River.

Intimate Liaisons, which opens on Saturday March 4th, will mark the artist’s return to WA from a long list of international and interstate exhibitions in New York, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my work with Western Australians again, although because of other coming exhibitions it’ll probably be the last chance I get for another few years,” she said.

Intimate Liaisons is a reflection of Hamilton’s experiences as a new mother merged with Asian culture stemming from her recent overseas travel, particularly in Vietnam.

She said each painting emphasized the bond between mother and child, something she has had personal experience of since the birth of her son Xavier.

“Motherhood carries a rollercoaster of emotions-it can be exhausting, overwhelming and pure joy,” Hamiton said.

“I have aimed to capture on canvas the positive feelings of protectiveness, wonder and love in an intensity unique to this relationship.”

Subjects for the exhibition include hill tribe children in Vietnam and children on her home beaches in WA.

Her paintings feature strong, bold strokes of colour, tastefully capturing the beauty of the human form.

Hamilton, who used to work in Occupational Therapy, puts her success down to several factors.

“It takes a lot of persistence, hard work and motivation, but it’s wonderful to be able to get a response from people to something I love doing,” she said.

Intimate Liaisons runs until Sunday, March 19.