Hannah Pierce is devoted to fabricating surreal, poetically expressed depictions of narratives, street scenes, and cityscapes. By juxtaposing various metaphors and visual dialogues, she expresses fears of industrialization, economic collapse, and societal dispositions. When rendering architecture, Pierce bends, twists, and warps 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.
For the past few years, Pierce has been hand-building all her pieces with a red clay body, painting the work with underglaze, and sometimes adding dashes of glaze and acrylic paint. She always makes 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 Pierce to incorporate experimental surfaces and an abundance of loaded imagery. Recently, she has been combing an array of mixed media in my ceramic work, including paper cut outs, fabric and found objects.
Originally from San Diego CA, Pierce is a ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist currently residing in Philadelphia PA. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of PA and her BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University of CA. Before graduate school, she worked as an educator for people with developmental disabilities at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, located in Eureka California. Pierce has exhibited her work nationally in exhibitions such as The Clay Studio National, the 50th and the 52nd Annual NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, and the Workhouse Arts Center’s 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International where she received the award, “Best of Show”. She was recently awarded a Full Kiln God Scholarship as a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and awarded the Abilities Fellowship as a Resident Artist at Baltimore Clayworks in 2019. Her solo show at Baltimore Clayworks was published in the June/July/August issue of Ceramics Monthly.
View images from Pierce's 2018 BoxHeart Exhibition, Ephemeral.