Annabel Scanlen is a young Sydney based artist who employs as her medium granulated charcoal, graphite pencil, ink and watercolours in her chosen discipline, drawing. Scanlen’s hyper realistic works draw on her experience with traditional techniques learnt during her time attending short courses at National Art School (NAS) and while working closely with artist Jaimee Paul.
Her skills were recognised during her high school years when she was shortlisted for the Young Archies and also selected for participation in the competitive NAS HSC Intensive program. Scanlen is also committed to environmental issues and was pleased to be involved in the exhibition ‘Ninety Five Percent’ conceived to create awareness of ocean warming and coral bleaching. She is currently studying a Fine Arts Degree at the University of NSW.
In a global world, identity is kaleidoscopic and ever-changing. Today, we are not simply defined by our own upbringing, but a myriad of cultures which have been exchanged to form a global identity.
My work, Chasm, explored how even the smallest glimpses of the foreign, the life beyond the ‘me’ – can ignite the inherent curiosity that exists within us all. While the subject of my works capture what is a globally recognised narrative, the use of realistic drawing allows me to express my own unique curiosity for the places I visit. And in the same light – as we continue to navigate the cultures of our contemporary world and develop our own affinity with each, we will forever remain a part of the global narrative.