INTRODUCING HANNAH EPSTEIN (HANSKI)
May's Work In Progress Resident
Hannah Epstein (AKA hanski) works in the cross-section of textiles, experimental games and digital video, blurring the lines between folk craft, popular culture and contemporary art. As a trained folklorist, Epstein advocates for a deeper understanding of storytelling as a shared, connective activity, where artists can begin to code alternate realities into the social consciousness. Themes of "play" connect her multi-disciplinary practice as her work aims to turn passive voyeurs into active players. By employing game design techniques, she encourages a form of active critique- one that probes the rules structures governing all social interactions. She completed her MFA at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 and is currently represented by Steve Turner in Los Angeles.
While in residency at Work In Progress, Hannah plans to create a digitally interactive environment, where her studio time is live streamed, turning the artist and her process into a camgirl experience. People are encouraged to follow along while she streams the "slow TV" of textile labour. Materially, she will be planning and fabricating work for an upcoming show at the University of Pennsylvania, where she appropriates the school's sports mascot, Nittany Lion, and turns him into an eco-warrior.
You can visit Hannah's installation for Work In Progress from May 1-31, at TAC Manhattan studio, and learn more about her work and process during Artist Open Hours, on Saturdays 2-5PM.