Buried, Frigid, Sunrise, Frost-Bound, Dissected, Transparent Foliage, Crisp, Immerse

Hadia Hassan, paintings, 2020

Buried, 2020. Oil on canvas, 30 in x 40 in.

Daily walks have become a way to deal with the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of a few months, people have collectively used walking outdoors in order to de-stress and also enjoy time outside while maintaining social distancing. In walking, however, we have also become surrounded and therefore influenced by nature. This series of leaf paintings represents the moments that people have, as a whole, collected within their minds by engrossing themselves in nature.

Frigid, 2020Oil on canvas, 36 in x 48 in.

Sunrise, 2020. Oil on canvas, 60 in x 40 in.

Whilst the images of leaves are likely ones that we see every day, it is during this time of intense isolation that ordinary leaves, grass, and plants become more noticeable and have the potential to create positive and lasting effects on our mindset. Walks have slowly become a small yet impactful way of interacting with the outside world while everyone is restricted to remaining inside. At the same time, this unusual and sometimes taxing stretch of time has permitted us to observe the intricacies of nature that can often be overlooked, including how leaves and foliage are set in their surroundings.

Frost Bound, 2020. Oil on wood panel, 20 in x 20 in.
Dissected, 2020. Oil on wood panel, 20 in x 20 in.

Transparent Foliage, 2020. Oil on canvas, 30 in x 40 in.

Crisp, 2020. Oil on canvas, 30 in x 30 in.

Immerse, 2020. Oil on wood panel, 20 in x 20 in.

Hadia Hassan is a Pakistani-Canadian painter, primarily working in acrylic and oil. Her subjects include landscapes and still lives focusing on temporal experiences, and she uses earthy colours and nature for inspiration. Her work focuses on highlighting the influence of time and the ephemeral nature of human experiences. Hadia aims to bring forth discussions about how we view, or ignore, nature. Her goal is to depict subjects we see when time is at a standstill, suggesting how such moments are ingrained by memory. In focusing on overlooked details, she addresses how an experience can last or diminish.