Inga Hanover

Inga Hanover Arts Educator and Exhibition Officer, Wangaratta Art Gallery & Victorian Education Department
Master of Fine Art (by research) 2011

My Monash supervisors gently, and with wisdom, steered me towards many pathways, opening up new possibilities that I had not considered.

Inga Hanover

One of the many highlights of working in arts education as a gallery exhibition officer is meeting of new artists, seeing diverse new works and the subsequent research into their practice so that I can meaningfully engage with the audience. I particularly look forward to the observations, interpretations and exchange of ideas that happens with each primary school group that comes through the gallery.

There has been a constant thread of ‘home’ in my own artworks, both in my illustration and installation over the last decade with themes that reminisce on childhood, yearn for the things of the past and a ‘longing for home’. Over the last 13 years, I have continued a daily drawing practice. These postcard-sized drawings are then reconfigured into ‘new narratives’ in the form of digital archival prints or become the starting point for installations.

Currently, my daily drawing practice is in response to Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, its contemporary title being In Search of Lost time. This ongoing project was the basis for my Wheeler Centre Illustrator’s Fellowship in 2016. As the book, according to critics, is in part a diary of the author’s very being; my visual translation is also in part diaristic and a response to the outside world. The words search and remembrance of the titles become entangled with the daily global news, in particular that of the current issue of refugee plights: in search of a new home, while always remembering their last. Just as the book is not a straight narrative, my drawings to date are not read as a continuing narrative, but a daily response to Proust’s words.

In the completion of my master’s, I travelled from Beechworth to the Caulfield campus on most Wednesdays - a six hour round trip. These days were some of the most exciting of the week, filled with provocative ideas, challenging problems, access to vast resources, valuable networking opportunities, frustrations, and demands for excellence … but always enlightening, illuminating and addictive.

The skills and knowledge acquired at Monash informed and enriched my own teaching practice, broadening my visual language and art critiquing skills. My Monash supervisors gently, and with wisdom, steered me towards many pathways, opening up new possibilities that I had not considered and giving me valuable insights into understanding my own practice and giving me the confidence to speak about my own works.