July's Work In Progress Resident




Hanna Washburn is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the softness and imperfection of the body, material memory, and craft practices. She holds a BA in Fine Art and English from Kenyon College, and an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. Hanna's recent work is made entirely from clothing, mostly her own, which she uses to investigate cultural constructions of femininity and the female body.  Her work has been featured in ArtSlant and The New York Times, and she has exhibited at numerous galleries and institutions nationwide, including Rice University in Houston, and Sotheby‚Äôs Institute of Art in New York.



"My work is made of my own clothing, cut up and recombined. Blouses, sweaters, socks, and dresses are broken down into pieces, and put together in new configurations. What results from this process is a kind of quilt, which I stuff and seal to create a form with volume and mass. The figures look and behave like bodies: gradually sagging towards the floor in some places, gesturing with animated buoyancy in others. The forms may appear misshapen or grotesque, but this is undercut by their apparent sweetness, the surfaces acting as a kind of camouflage for the forms beneath. I am interested in the capacity of bodies to be expansive and shifting, and the surrogate bodies I create are in flux. The variety of forms, sizes, and methods of installation indicate that this body cannot be easily summarized, marginalized, or contained. The undulating forms and application of paint suggest they are growing and changing, adding layers and making a space for themselves."





You can visit Hanna's installation for Work In Progress from July 1 - 31, at TAC Manhattan studio, and learn more about her work and process during Artist Open Hours, on Saturdays 2-5PM (except Saturday 7/7).