I am Hannah Pierce
I find myself devoted to fabricating surreal, poetically expressed depictions of narratives, street scenes and cityscapes. By juxtaposing various metaphors and visual dialogues, I express fears of industrialization, economic collapse, and societal dispositions. Although every narrative symbolizes something to me, I find it essential to entrust them to the public for interpretation. When rendering architecture, I bend, twist, and warp the perspectives in order to represent every individual’s warped perceptions of reality.
The seemingly thin, fragile cutouts and facades of painted figures heavily contrast with the fully sculpted, durable urban structures. The fragility of the painted figures is meant to convey the feeling of temporariness, causing the viewer to question their own impermanence, as well as their dependence and impact on their surroundings.
My sculptures draw attention to the deterioration and flaws in our contemporary infrastructures, as well as glamorize these details with delicately weathered surfaces and intriguing forms. The depictions of industry and architecture serve as the ultimate symbol for human innovation and achievement; while the human presence itself explores the complexities of resilience, dependence, and impermanence of people.
WHO I AM
I am a ceramic artist currently residing Edinboro, PA. I am studying ceramics as a graduate student in the MFA program at Edinboro University of PA. I am originally from San Diego, but relocated in order to attend Humboldt State University. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art at HSU in 2013. Soon after graduating, I started working as an educator at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, a fine arts program for people with developmental disabilities. Teaching people with disabilities has allowed me to understand and experience countless creative, therapeutic processes and completely unique perspectives in art making.
For the past few years, I have been hand-building all my pieces with a red clay body, painting the work with underglaze, and sometimes adding dashes of glaze and acrylic paint. I always make sure to incorporate the rusty orange color of the clay body in every piece, combining natural colors with vibrant ones. Having a background in illustration, painting, and printmaking has allowed me to incorporate experimental surfaces and an abundance of loaded imagery. Recently, I have been combing an array of mixed media in my ceramic work, including wood, paper cut outs, and found objects.
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