Greely often works with surrealistic representations of everyday life through the use of imaginative motifs and a surprising and innovative application of materials. There are surrealistic qualities in the ways Greely manipulates size and scale, combines dream and reality, and makes strange objects of familiar ones. However, in contrast to the eroticism underlying much of the surrealists' exploration of dreams and the subconscious in the 1920s and 30s, Greely's sculptures seem rather to tend to the pre-sexual, manifesting a fascination with childhood innocence, imagination, and a form of playful naivety.
In the exhibition Los Angeles – A Fiction, Hannah Greely is represented with two works; Highway to Heaven (2015) and Light Body (2016).
"Highway to Heaven is part of a series of works where I dissect the nature of pictorial space by attempting to translate it into three dimensions. The impossibility of the task demands odd solutions that lead from representation into abstraction", the artist says.
About the other work on display, she explains: "Light Body represents shafts of light that shine through a window and become solid forms. There is an interplay of opposites that are dependent on each other to exist. Shafts of lights create dark tunnels. Transparent walls reveal light that is opaque and shafts of lights create dark tunnels that provide an interior space beyond the interior of the house."
Watch the video interview with Hannah Greely at Astrup Fearnley Museet
The exhibition Los Angeles – A Fiction is on view at Astrup Fearnley Museet until 22 January 2017.