Chrissie Ianssen

Artist Statement

I walk the streets looking for large overgrown weeds. In forgotten corners of the hard-edged suburbs of Sydney, once fashionable plants grow wildly, no longer controlled by the gardening impulses of suburban dwellers. The status of these plants is ambiguous, they grow in unused areas and do not necessarily draw attention, at least not like a manicured garden does. They are unwanted and branded imposters, but they flourish nonetheless. They hold an ambiguous position in suburban visual culture and become almost invisible.

I love the intricacy of these neglected organic shapes. I also admire the tenacity of plants, and like to imagine a time in which they reclaim the city.

My award winning artistic practice combines this visual complexity of overgrown weeds with the simplicity and severity of hard edge painting. In painting, I play between order and disarray, containment and chaos.

Using photographs and industrial laser cutting, I create shaped surfaces to paint upon. Almost sculptural, my paintings use form, colour, light and shadow to present a rich viewing experience that hints at various things but which do not depict anything. My paintings are of the place they’re made in, but they also contain internal logic not connected to anything else, and can be viewed as such.

Chrissie Ianssen

Chrissie Ianssen:  Hard Edge Live  Panels at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 2017

Chrissie Ianssen: Hard Edge Live Panels at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 2017

Chrissie Ianssen:  Hard Edge Live  Panels at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 2017

Chrissie Ianssen: Hard Edge Live Panels at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 2017