Hannah March Sanders
Hannah March Sanders is an artist and educator currently residing in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. This past year, Hannah exhibited work across the globe at the Printmaking in Graafika Festival in Parnu, Estonia; Les Outlaws de L’Estampe in Auvergne, France; Global Vision at Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan; and Thirty Years of LSU Printmaking at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA. Hannah is currently an Adjunct Professor at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. In addition to teaching up 4 courses at a time, she maintains a steady studio practice exploring political and ecological disasters through various print media as well as fiber arts, painting/drawing and low-relief soft sculptures. She enjoys rainy afternoons, 0.5mm Staedler black ink pens, and the smell of old books.
Statement of work:
Dark clouds, plumes, and projection maps are the rising stars in our daily intake of news media. My work investigates these brumes and billows formally as well as analyzing their participation in a discussion about the future of this planet. Mankind’s false sense of control over natural resources leaves us vulnerable to nature’s powerful acts of reclamation: hurricanes, floods and the ground sinking beneath our feet. I explore the relationship between man and environment through events close to my personal experience such as Hurricane Katrina; the BP oil spill in the Gulf; and other contemporary political and ecological catastrophes.
A love of drawing and an obsession with mapping are central to my process. I use a combination of text and image to form a dense visual architecture. The diagrammatic and information map formats that inspire my compositions have fueled my work in a visual fiction genre of my own invention: Contemporary Creative Nonfictions. The process of research is integral to my practice. My drawings incorporate samples from the literature that inspires my work-magical realist fiction, mythological narratives, and my own pseudo-fictional parables. In addition, I investigate recent historical documents, diagrams of weather systems, and newsfeeds. Together, these resources form dense Story Maps, which I often silkscreen directly into the borders of my drawings. The narratives are drawn, screen printed and/or sculpted into woodcut prints on repurposed bed sheet fabrics, appliqué stitched together to form colorful, layered surfaces.
The characters in my narrative prints include hybrid monsters drawn from local fauna combined with contemporary political figures and my own presence, which signifies a question of personal involvement in the planet’s present predicament. The figures’ corporeal forms as well as their sensibilities are informed through a study of Greek and other mythological narratives. Animal-human hybrids function in my work as stand-ins for the evolution of man under extreme pressure and sudden environmental change. These modified beastly forms embody the human desire to personify animals in our environment as a way to empathize with and understand them.
Download of Hanna’s work: http://orangebarrelindustries.com/hannah/artwork/Oct_2013/Sanders_Hannah_Professional_Work.pdf