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Hannah Batchelor

My visit to Iceland was hugely enjoyable on a number of levels: it gave me the opportunity to travel by myself to somewhere I had always been intrigued by. Travelling solo definitely had an impact on my relationship with the location, and I felt it was quite an intense experience in some ways. Some aspects of the landscape reminded me of parts of Scotland, where I am from, which created an immediate emotional reaction, and the extremes of the landscape, especially the glaciers, were remarkable.

I had an exhibition to prepare for as soon as I returned home and I feel the bank of images I collected in Iceland definitely fed into the work created. As an artist I am interested in space and the relationship between plains of colour and areas of detailed/repetitive mark marking. The landscape of Iceland echoed some of this aesthetic for me and added to my visual repertoire.