I am Hannah Pierce
My work consists of surreal, narrative-driven sculptures that primarily portray bizarre characters and various elements from urban environments. Within my playful, architectural configurations, I utilize deceptive, illustrative qualities and exaggerative forms to distort the viewer’s perspective and enhance the theatrical nature of these narrative works. The distortions create an absurd, disorienting space that offers the viewer a more physical experience.
These uncanny structures are usually accompanied by weathered surfaces, references to smog, unknown fluids, and other depictions of urban detritus. The characters within these dismal spaces appear to be struggling with their perplexing surroundings. I tend to use visual metaphors that recognize our dependency upon man-made environments and our desperate attempts to conform to living in such unnatural conditions. Within all my sculptures, the figures are visually separate from their surroundings in their illustrative, 2-dimensional format. This separation personifies an underlying tension and a sense of estrangement that everyone in our contemporary society can relate to.
Being heavily influenced by Pop Surrealism, I sarcastically pair dismal scenes with pleasurable pops of color, playful perspectives, figure distortion, and many childlike references. In my most recent works, there is an obvious focus on addictions and habits, with an emphasis on oral fixations. Although these are adult issues, I draw attention to childlike qualities when pertaining to concepts of excess, lack of self-control, and escapism. Within these works, I can bring a sense of humor and absurdity to some of the darker, more challenging aspects of being human in unstable, perpetually changing environments.
I am a ceramic and mixed media artist currently finishing my studies as a MFA candidate in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in San Diego, California and received my BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University in 2013. Before graduate school, I worked as an educator for people with developmental disabilities at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, located in Eureka, California. Teaching adults with disabilities has led me to understand the importance of creative, therapeutic processes and acquire a broad range of unique teaching styles.
Within my work, my background in illustration, painting, and printmaking has allowed me to incorporate experimental surfaces and an abundance of loaded imagery. I also combine an array of mixed media along with my ceramic work, including wood, paper, fabric, thread and found objects. I have exhibited my work nationally in exhibitions such as the Clay Studio’s Graduate Student Biennial , the 50th and the 52nd Annual NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, and the Workhouse Arts Center’s 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International where I received the award, “Best of Show”. I was awarded a Full Kiln God scholarship as a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Recently, I exhibited my thesis exhibition, Ephemeral, at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh as a NCECA Concurrent Exhibition. I will also be represented by BoxHeart Gallery at Superfine! DC in Washington DC this upcoming fall.
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