Hannah Pierce: Blimp!

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Hannah Pierce is a ceramic artist currently residing Edinboro, PA. She is studying ceramics as a graduate student in the MFA program at Edinboro University of PA. Originally from San Diego, Pierce relocated in order to attend Humboldt State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art at HSU in 2013. Soon after graduating, she 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 her to understand and experience countless creative, therapeutic processes and completely unique perspectives in art making.

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.

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.