Oil on paper, A1, 2012.
Though Hall treats her subject with seeming frankness through her realistic style and the use of photographs on which she bases her paintings, the images retain a considerable degree of ambiguity. There is anger expressed through this ambiguity, a seemingly defiant refusal to be seen openly. This series of paintings also contributes to a discussion of the portrayal of mental illness in our society. This is a discussion we would often prefer to keep at arms’ length.