The Midlands: Whimsy and Pathos
On display at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery from 10 November to 24 February 2019.
An exhibition by Mandy Hunniford.
Explore the gothic and the whimsy that can be found in the natural and human-made worlds in this remarkable landscape.
Image: (detail) Midlands Settlement 2018, acrylic on canvas. Private collection.
About the Artist
Mandy Hunniford is the fourth generation of her family to come from Queenstown, a mining town situated on the West Coast of Tasmania. As a child, this dramatic landscape had a significant impact and created a lifelong artistic and ancestral pull. Later Mandy moved north with her family to live near the beach at Port Sorell where she was encouraged to paint. Early works reveal a creative interest in this beach as well as her mother’s gardens which later lead to various interpretations of flowers and trees.
As an established artist, Mandy produces artworks and projects that present Tasmanian history in a way that is unique in its historical/contemporary narrative. Her aim is to portray history within the framework of the Tasmanian landscape that defines our past, present and future. With the use of evocation, allegories and connections, the intention of Mandy’s work is to present an inventive and thought-provoking demonstration of contemporary art practice with a historical perspective.
After many years of pushing the boundaries of what the Tasmanian landscape looked like, Mandy now asks the questions: how do we fit in this land? What are our stories? What secrets do the towns hold? Her aim is to delve deeper into the mysterious, contested and beautiful Tasmanian landscape and into the complex histories of its towns and communities.
Mandy works full time in her studio on large scale exhibitions, productions and installations that have painting at their core. She has held more than 22 solo exhibitions and productions at various galleries, sites, festivals and venues and has participated in more than 76 group shows.
In 1990 Mandy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts in 1994 at the University of Tasmania at Launceston. She has been a finalist in several art prizes and has won the Tasmanian Art Award and the Launceston General Hospital Art Award. Mandy is represented in many public collections including the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, University of Tasmania at Launceston, Devonport Regional Gallery and Royal Hobart Hospital. She is represented in private collections in Australia, England, United States, Germany and New Zealand.