Rituals of Creating

There's an air of calmness in the work of Toronto based artist Hannah Rose. An ode to the female figure, her works are minimalist experiments that render peace to anyone who experiences her work. We sit down with Hannah to chat about her inspirations, how she creates, and how she celebrates the natural woman—curves and all.


There's an air of calmness in the work of Toronto based artist Hannah Rose. An ode to the female figure, her works are minimalist experiments that render peace to anyone who experiences her work. We sit down with Hannah to chat about her inspirations, how she creates, and how she celebrates the natural woman—curves and all.


Can you describe your artistic practise?

My artistic practice ranges and is a lot of things I'd say. I'm primarily an oil painter, but I feel like I never stop experimenting. For a time I was working with resin quite a bit, and now I'm playing with illustrations and clay. Ultimately what I find to be true of art is its ability to move me into a place of bliss, it's this hopeful eager feeling full of possibility when I'm creating or have an idea for a piece. I like to create first thing in the morning when I'm feeling my best and most centered. I often play music, watch movies, light candles and incense, and always, always have a super clean and clear space to work. Coffee is amazing too!

You speak about art moving you into a place of bliss and that you have certain rituals for creating. Tell me about this space. Basically creating a super clean space is my first step, a clear and clean space really is conducive to a clear mind. Then listening to the right music, an interesting podcast, a movie, candles, incense, and almost always first thing in the morning with some coffee. I think creating a space for yourself that feels inspiring and comfortable and thats you is really important for anything that you wanna work on or create.

One of your prints that really stood out to me, is the print above captioned sweet celestial whispers, can you tell me more about the piece and your inspirations?

This piece was really fluid, like most of my art. I rarely, if ever, stick to an idea I have in my mind. Even when I have a very clear inspired idea for a piece, this is especially true with my oils, it almost always becomes something completely different. With this piece, and a lot of my illustrations lately, I feel inspired by minimalism, neutral palettes, geometry, mysticism, the moon, and of course the female form in voluptuous expressions. The voluptuous female form to me is this comforting, full, stunning, powerful and creative energy that I just love to use as a muse.

I love your muse of the voluptuous female, how else has this muse manifested in your works? Which pieces are these? I would say most pieces are manifested by this, either directly or indirectly. I feel like it's always reflected even in simple shapes like a vase, or a cloud, I seem to always circle back to feminine and curved forms. Let's talk about the space you create in, where do you create art? Right now just my home! It's a dream one day to have my own studio, a place built into my house in the country, fully dedicated for painting, drawing, crafting, and more. But for right now, my small but cozy apartment will do! See more of Hannah's work here. Instagram: @elskaacer