Hanna Newman is a sculptor from Minnesota and currently based in Atlanta, GA. Recent exhibitions include group show, “More Upstairs”, at the Temporary Art Center in Atlanta, GA, two-person exhibition, “Body Double”, at The Bakery in Atlanta, GA, and invitational group exhibition, “Ongoing Conversation”, in Kyoto, Japan. Newman is currently an Instructor of Record at Georgia State University where she is achieving her Master of Fine Arts degree with expected graduation in 2021.
My current figurative sculptures are comprised of deconstructed, fragmented and simplified renderings of the human form. Within these sculptures I integrate materials such as ceramics, foam, human hair, fabric, wood and plaster casts to mimic limbs and body mass creating diversity in the tactile quality of the surface. The colorful surfaces combined with life-size scale of the sculptures further obscure the realistic appearance of these beings and place them in an otherworldly realm.
I am inspired by the relationship between interiority and exteriority, the mind and the physical world and between the conscious and unconscious. My fascination with the human psyche began with the development of my episodic sleep paralysis at a young age. Sleep paralysis traps me in a surreal state that exists somewhere beneath consciousness and above unconsciousness, depriving me of movement and causing me to hallucinate my surroundings. This reoccurring experience, while frightening and uncomfortable, has launched my exploration into the reservoirs of the human psyche.
My surreal sculptures personify the human psyche through abstractions of the body with a focus on particular gestures that communicate emotional states. Together in a space these works exist in a dream-like setting and create an ambiguous narrative that playfully interacts with the viewers while subtly alluding to darker undertones.