Printmaking Artist - Suren Hash

Compelling photographs in black and white, portraits, buildings, clouds. Then the colour images: flowers laced in dew, leaves withered on asphalt. And always the light, a key component – sometimes warm and golden, glittering; sometimes bleak and cold.

Suren Hash’s photography awakens memories, enlivens the senses. In addition, there is her graphic art which, compared to her photographs, seems to have exactly the opposite effect: her expert designs spirit the viewer far away from the real world, into unknown realms. Realms in which everything is permeated by red, black and green lines, lines that cohere, creating forms: a bird in flight, waves breaking on the shore.

For Hash, art is like the air she breathes. As a child she discovered her great love for art, a love that continues to grow day by day. Hash comes from an artistically accomplished family.

Her father encouraged her initial attempts at drawing when she was young and taught her the basics of painting. Despite that, after leaving school she began studying biology – the biggest mistake of her life, she now says.

Yet she learned from that mistake and, happily for us, decided to show the world who she really is by embracing her true calling: art.

Selected exhibitions

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2011 “Golden brush” UMA
2011 “Spring” UMA
2011 “Women’s exhibition” UMA
2011 “Bichig Soyol” UMA
2013 “Zuraas 2013”
2014 “Zuraas 2014”

International exhibitions

2015 “Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial” Tokyo, Japan
2015 “Letteratura Incisa” Bologna, Italy
2015 “PREMIO MONZUNO PER LA FOTOGRAFIA” Monzuno, Italy
2015 “Resid’Arte” Exhibition of young artists Bologna, Italy

Ten questions for Suren Hash

Where is it easiest for you to make art?
In my studio, when I’m alone.

Which art project would you attempt if money were no object?
Like Yayoi Kusama, I would build rooms that I imagine myself.

What is your favourite place in Ulaanbaatar, where you currently live?
It’s a place called Club Coworking. That’s where I meet with a lot of interesting freelancers to exchange ideas. I feel very at home there.

What is the source of inspiration for your art?
My melancholia.

How much of Mongolia can be found in your art?
It wouldn’t be right to say “none at all”; the better answer is “just a hint”.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
An artist, biologist or archaeologist.

What made you decide to become an artist?
Printmaking is multifaceted. You can try out things that take you in different directions. And what you learn is extremely varied.
Your biggest achievement? Terminating my biology studies and becoming an artist.

Your biggest failure?
Losing a lot of time by not recognising who I truly am and not trusting how I feel.

Which question hasn’t been asked that you would like to answer?
What makes you unique compared to other artists? Since I grow bored quickly I’m always looking for new techniques and art forms. That’s what makes my work so varied.