I am a Treaty 1-based multidisciplinary artist with a BFA (HON.) from the School of Art, University of Manitoba. Texture, pattern, and hands-on processes play a crucial role in my practice, which has manifested through experiments with fabric, silkscreen, ceramics, and painting. A thread through all of my work is the contemplation of the soft architecture of fabric folds, and how my portrayals of them hover between abstract and representational.
In addition to my own artistic practice, I also work as a workshop facilitator at Art City and serve as the ARTsquad Program Coordinator. Through these roles, I am able to share my skills and passion for the arts with the community and inspire others to explore their own creative potential.
Texture, pattern, and hands-on processes are critical to this artist’s practice, which in the past has manifested through experiments with fabric, screen printing, ceramics, and painting. Exploring digital media in this era, Hanna’s mural combines the new with her analogue work.
She states “Electric blues, greens, pinks, and oranges tether the mural to its digital inspirations. The soft translucent effect of the greens overlapping the pinks gives the form some breathing space and makes the piece appear to be flowing like sheer fabric.
The tension between digital and analogue modes of making art is a constant thread in my work. I mimic digital methods of creation with my own hand and attempt to get computer programs to do the same. This mural is inspired by the manipulation of fabric and how the patterns on the surface become warped with the physicality of its wrinkles. By overlaying a similar pattern over top, a moire effect is produced. This phenomenon is common in photography but is often edited out. By intentionally producing these lines, their geometry can be examined without the threat of deletion. Their non-digital, painted presence as the focal point of this piece legitimizes the pattern as a dynamic, moving form as opposed to an undesirable mistake.”