The western suburbs have certainly got their hooks into me.
When I am visiting other parts of the city, even those generally deemed as being more aesthetically pleasing than the west, I am frequently beset by an urgency to get home to our “industrial landscapes”.
And in those landscapes, I find beauty and allure.
I revel in the weirdness and the sometimes startling juxtapositions.
I love tooling around western residential areas only to be blindsided by paddocks and old farm houses.
That’s why the work of Tarneit artist Rachel Hanna reverberated with me when I learned of it.
Rachel has been painting for 10 years and has lived with her family in Tarneit for two, and she too reverberates with the west.
“You can breathe over here,” she tells me while installing her exhibition, On The Way From Here To There at the Point Cook Community Learning Centre.
Rachel tells me that, among other things, she adores shipping containers as subjects – although she confesses she finds them difficult to paint.
Looking at the paintings in her exhibition, I find some that I recognise immediately, others that are less obvious – but they all have a genuine western vibe about them.
The paintings are for sale, ranging in price from $150 to $650.
When I venture that such prices seem rather low for exhibition works, Rachel quips: “They’re priced to sell – I need more canvases!”
On The Way From Here To There at the Point Cook Community Learning Centre, 1–21 Cheethamis Street, Point Cook, until September 19.
For more details, go here.