First Fridays at the Farm – Hanna Doreen Brown
Wolverine Farm presents:
Loners & Herds by Hanna Doreen Brown
reception begins at 6pm on June 1
on view June 1 – June 30
As social beings, many of us experience an endless push and pull while we act in groups and as individuals. Standing out. Fitting in. Idealizing other people or things while standardizing ourselves.
Through color, my work tells stories of these personal and social struggles.
Monochromatic schemes represent institutions and assimilation, while other colors and textures highlight the exceptions, the loners that serve in society as a necessary contrast.
Though leaders, followers, outcasts, and conventionalists are certainly present in my pieces, they are neither celebrated nor condemned as such. None of these roles are inherently fulfilling. The person in the crowd and the one on the pedestal feel equal amounts of isolation and longing. The separation between the two is arbitrary and often completely aesthetic.
Dealing in a world of pocket-sized objects allows me to create versions of reality that I can control and study. I can place characters into a scene that, once it’s complete, tells me a story about myself and the people around me, a story that I’ve not heard or perhaps just not appreciated. Often, it’s one not of the complexity of being, but of its beautiful simplicity. When I strip away the shades and variations, the themes that are left are our commonalities: our points of contact, our connections, and the yearning that drives us toward one another.
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