Hanna creates imaginary landscapes and growths to investigate the effects of entropy on our environments. She transforms the commonplace materials of porcelain, paper, and wire into unfamiliar forms and textures that evoke growth, decay, and the tenuousness of our surroundings. By referencing craft traditions and natural processes of dissolution, my work addresses aspects of existence on the edge of potential destruction. The physical and connotative properties of my materials speak of the possibility of their demise—porcelain lattices defy their structural improbability to reflect their fragility back on the viewer; a wrinkled, skin-like coating of paper is stained and slowly decayed by its rusting steel wire skeleton. My work asserts the craft-based primacy of the handmade, grounding itself in the physical world on which we all, ultimately, rely.
Combined with this materiality, the scale and visual delicacy of my work request viewers’ spatial consideration when interacting with it. The size and placement of the objects compared to the body describe the nature of their relationship. Some works loom down from above as if sitting in judgement or, alternately, being elevated above the destructive reach of human hands. Others strive to coexist, overcoming the internal tension between the vivacity embodied by their forms and the decay implied by their materials. By openly displaying their own physical vulnerabilities, these objects underscore the precarity of our surrounding ecosystems. In doing so, my work aims to cultivate compassion for the physical world around us and for our own impermanent selves.