Lot 23 - Hannah Lees - Giant Octopus Eggs
Signed on Verso
Curated by Louise Fitzjohn
Hannah Lees (b. 1983, Kent, UK)
Lives & Works in Margate, UK
Hannah Lees’ work investigates ideas of cycles, constancy and mortality; the sense that things come to an end and the potential for new beginnings. This constancy, be it in religion, science, history or in organic matter, is visible in her practice through her attempts to make sense of and recognise traces of life. Traditional processes, materials and rituals are often reworked to explore how ideas and beliefs can live, die and be reborn across times and cultures.
2011 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
2004-06 BA (Hons) Fine Art, UCA, Canterbury, UK
2003-04 BA (Hons) Fine Art & Visual Culture, UWE, Bristol, UK
Foundry Residency at the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2012). In 2018 she was awarded the Gasworks International Fellowship at Pivo in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the British Council UK/Indonesia Exchange Residency.
Previous Exhibitions: Well Projects, Margate, UK; La Centrale, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FR; MOSTYN, Wales, UK; Whitstable Biennale, UK; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Grand Union, Birmingham, UK; VITRINE, Basel, CH; CASS Sculpture Foundation, UK; ADDAYA Centre d’Art Contemporani, ES; Kingsgate Project space, London, UK; CAIRN, Fife, Scotland; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, DK; Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland; South London Gallery, London, UK; V22, London, UK; Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Scotland.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
Her kinship with Giant Pacific Octopus, who slowly die caring for their eggs in their nursery/tomb, can be seen in the purposely low-resolution digital depictions of hanging octopus eggs; the grey glitchy block-out has removed the trace of the octopus mother and the cave leaving just the thriving eggs.
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