Chris Hamnett

Chris Hamnett is a Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA) graduate. He completed his BFA in 2010, Masters by Coursework in 2012 and Honours Research in 2013.

My Masters project was concerned with repetition and process. I recall as child spending hours writing numbers on reams of pad paper. This early Childhood memory upon diagnoses is my earliest memory of performing a compulsion associated with having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In my work I have taken to the canvas as though it were a piece of pad paper. However, the works take on a transcendental and existential tone, being accessible to all. To be human is to experience repetition. Hence the works also discuss the human endeavour of purpose and its evil twin futility.

Chris Hamnett 2014

Drawing from my earliest childhood memory of displaying symptoms of having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) where for extended periods of time I sat writing out pages of consecutive numbers.  These new paintings are a continuation of my interest and exploration of identity, process and repetition.

This new body of work continues on from a series of paintings completed in 2014 starting at 68177.