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Hannah J Mishin
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is an attempt to conceptualize an immense idea: the exploration of neurological functions as comprehensive of all that it is to be human. Through paintings and drawings, I attempt to capture the struggle between and the fusion of the most basic of these functions: the logical and emotional capacities of the mind. I have developed specific signifiers to define the behavior of these functions were they tangible and am therefore interested in the physical possibilities within painting and drawing. I use a unique collage process in my paintings. I apply paper cut-outs onto panels. I then paint over them. When the painting process is complete, I sometimes peel off the paint and in other instances, I allow the paper to simply remain a bas-relief. My drawings incorporate a different type of physicality, for I emboss schema onto the paper. This physicality expresses these signifiers' relationship to the tangible world. By exploring the tangibility of neurological functions, I understand emotion as an organic process, rooted in genetic memory and cemented by culture. The organic qualities within my work represent this organic nature of emotion. I represent logic through simplified artifacts of collaborative rationality, such as mechanical parts and diagrammatic forms. My recent work extinguishes the exclusivity of these two basic neurological components by subsuming the emotional construct, thereby amorphising the rigidity of the logical. I am keenly interested in the plasticity of the relationship between emotions and logic. Humans exist as a fusion of the two, a dichotomy that I find interesting.
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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION

B. F. A. 2005, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

major: studio painting,

minor: art history

graduated with honors



EXHIBITIONS

2010

New Paintings & Drawings, Two Person Show, Smile Art Gallery, Brooklyn NY



2009-10

The Exquisite Corpse, Juried Group Show, Rutger's University, Paul Robeson Galleries, Newark, NJ



2007

Playing with Fire, Group Show, Texas Firehouse, Long Island City, NY



Paintings, Solo Show, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY


2006

610 Dean, Group Show, Brooklyn, NY


2005

Fabricon, Group Show, Sponsored by the City of Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ



Student Invitational Group Show, Pratt Institute, Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



Graduating Students' Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Schafler
Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



Inner Dialectic, Senior Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, 242 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2003

Independent Studio Students' Show, Wallace House Gallery, Statesville, NC



RELATED WORK


2009

Curated exhibition: “Make a Mark of these Lines“, in conjunction with Arts In Bushwick's BETA Spaces, Brooklyn, NY



PUBLIC COLLECTIONS



Office of the President, Mitchell Community College



BIBLIOGRAPHY



“The Renascent: Painting: Volume I“, The State of Art: (p. 34, 35), 2005




AWARDS & NOMINATIONS


2005
Nomination for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
 








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