Residue of Place

My Skin (My Blanket), Organically dyed textiles, silk thread and pine, Install View, Portland, Maine, 2019

Sea Saw Table with Collected Pigments Brewed with Sea Water, Cliff Island, Maine, 2019

Rising Tide, Watercolor on paper, 9" x 7.5", Portland, Maine, 2019

Site 58, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40", Portland, Maine, 2019

Apocalyptic Sublime, Oil on panel, 30" x 40", Portland, Maine, 2020

Posted on: May 7, 2020
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My creative practice serves as a means to navigate a space that exists at the crossroads of my natural environment, memories and emotional state. I am interested in how spending time with memories has the potential to shift the account being recalled, which can in turn transform the emotional response experienced.

Immersion in natural sites, often on the coast of Maine, heavily influences my work. Overgrown weeds, wild flowers, thistles and abandoned mills act as relics left to decompose in the salty air and unpredictable weather. These images and textures extend beyond the first impression and offer contradictions. They are hope and uncertainty, they are a malicious dream-like state and concrete reality. To me, they are lost memories waiting to be uncovered.

I layer paint and collected materials with the intention of then scraping or rubbing the layers away. I utilize this method as a means to cope with change, as well as to initiate it. A conversation takes place between my internal world, emotions and memories and what lies beneath the surface of the exterior layer. My work invites viewers to revisit, reimagine, and rediscover their own memories, feelings, and the world around them.

Hannah Day

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BFA Student

Major: Painting

Graduation Year: 2020