Artist Q&A: Hannah Rohrlach

Do you love food? Artist and designer Hannah Rohrlach does! We're showing her charming illustrations at the Joinery all throughout May. 


The bold and playful illustrations in Hanna's Eat Love exhibition depict the seductive nature of food and drinks in her signature contemporary, playful style. All works are drawn digitally on Procreate, which means you can watch the time-lapse video for each piece and see the thought process unfold – use the QR codes to watch them!

Tell us about yourself as an artist in three words

Playful, quirky, colourful

What do you like about The Joinery? Why is it meaningful to you to have your artwork showcased here?

I love that the Joinery is a space to celebrate nature and sustainable living, as these are really valuable to me. I think it's totally awesome there are chickens and a community garden in the middle of the CBD.

My favourite thing about the Joinery though would have to be all the native bush flavours served at The Foodprint Experience Cafe - personal favourites are the wattleseed latte and Kangaroo sausage rolls with bush tomato relish - yum!

What inspired you to create this work?

This exhibition is simply an expression of my love for food! Each piece depicts a person going on a date with a food or beverage..  in a way it's a mindfulness expression, what would it be like to focus solely on this food item and nothing else.

Illustrating for me is about play and curiosity in the theme as much as it is about aesthetics and creating strong line work and colours. Eat Love was the first exhibition I ever showed publicly, and after receiving great responses to the opening it seemed fitting to put it up again for more people to see - it also corresponds nicely with Tasting Australia and the Food Fringe Festival happening this month!

What is the message you want audiences to take away from this exhibition?

Food is something that is both a necessity and a luxury... so let's enjoy it! We are so fortunate in Australia, and particularly South Australia, to have access to an abundance of affordable, good quality, amazing-tasting food that is grown and produced locally.

There is no such thing as 'good' or 'bad' food - every food can contribute to your overall health and wellbeing. It's how often, how much, and who you eat it with that will ultimately have a positive or negative impact on your wellbeing. 

You can view Hannah's collection in our Exhibition Space until 1 June 2021 (admission is free).

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