The central processes underpinning my art practice involve generating connections and a sense of belonging. Through my art making, I seek to understand how I connect with myself, my immediate environment and the universe. The practice of painting supports me in making meaning of my connections with the world through processing, understanding and relating to experiences, emotions and mental formations. Through better grasping these connections, painting assists in fortifying my sense of belonging in this world.

My enquiries through art making are framed within the theory that the universe is interconnected. This concept is used in Buddhist philosophy and quantum physics to propose that nothing exists independently, but rather, there is an ongoing and reciprocal influence between things. The notion of interconnectedness forms the framework for my practice as well as directly informing my specific methods of painting.

My approach to painting is non-directive which privileges the process over the outcome. This approach requires me to relinquish my tendencies to analyse the situation which enables my deeper subconscious to surface. To most effectively facilitate a deeper connection with the unknown, I use large scale canvases that provide space for movement and expression. Acrylic paint is the most appropriate medium for this purpose because it is malleable, versatile and rich in colour pigment and enables me to articulate myself in spontaneous and emotive ways. The outcome of my non-directive approach and choice of media is an abstract visual language.

I see my artworks as entities and multilayered beings. Through them I send signals to my environment to create and encourage connection and belonging. I believe that our understanding of universal interconnectedness is urgent, because for me, deepening our shared sense of belonging and connection is essential for us as human and non-human beings to be able to deal with the uncertainties and challenges we are facing together.

Collingwood studio, by Karl E. Scullin

© Sun Haas 2022
I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung of the Kulin Nation, Traditional Custodians of the land upon which I live and work. I pay my respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples, and their Elders past and present.