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Hannah Lutz Winkler
BROOKLYN, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is influenced by the Australian Bowerbird, who collects and arranges objects of a particular color in an elaborate courtship display. The species must create art in order to survive, but only some displays successfully attract a mate. My family includes anthropologists, bird watchers, and primatologists; I carry on this research tradition by creating human-animal characters and adopting the lens of an amateur behaviorist. The work engages with the bowerbird’s processes of obsession, collection and display as parallels to human art making and self-presentation. Studying the bird’s passionate relationship with color led me to investigate my own lifelong infatuation with color: in childhood, I often took on a character so in love with green that she would eat anything that color. Now, constantly on the hunt for more ways to showcase my chosen color, I collect and create works using a wide range of materials, from stretch fabric to paper to pool noodles, while adhering to strict rules for color mixing such as focusing on one hue or a three-pigment palette. I arrange sculptures, paintings, found objects and hybrid pieces in installations, waiting to seduce viewers into engaging visually and often physically. I use these installations as sets for performances. The end result of display or exhibition does not always successfully persuade others to appreciate the chosen color. The work asks why both bowerbird and artist are still driven to collect, make, and display even when their efforts can go unrecognized; something more personal than practical drives them to build totems to their own obsessions.
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  • Many Shades of Green (for you)
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    8 ft x 6.5 ft x 6.5 ft
    Materials include fabric, acrylic paint, watercolor, clothesline, pool noodles, paper, cheesecloth, painting stretchers, upholstery foam, fishing line, LED lantern lights, cotton thread, and handmade

  • Many Shades of Green (for you)
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    8 ft x 6.5 ft x 6.5 ft
    Materials include fabric, acrylic paint, watercolor, clothesline, pool noodles, paper, cheesecloth, painting stretchers, upholstery foam, fishing line, LED lantern lights, cotton thread, and handmade

  • Potential Nest Wall (East)
    2018
    Acrylic on linen
    34 in x 58 in

  • Potential Nest Wall (North)
    2018
    Acrylic and chewing gum on canvas
    34 in x 58 in

  • Loop
    2018
    Acrylic on clothesline and handmade t-shirt rope
    13.5 in x 12 in x 6 in

  • Chimney
    2018
    Acrylic and watercolor on clothesline and handmade t-shirt rope
    21 in x 6.5 in x 2.5 in

  • Leek with Bad Hair Day
    2018
    Acrylic on clothesline
    16 in x 6 in x 16 in

  • Jen Scone
    2017
    Acrylic on canvas and clothesline, fabric
    33 in x 20 in x 8 in

  • Install view of Nest Artifacts #1-3 and Pillow
    2017/2018
    Acrylic, fabric, canvas, and clothesline
    see description
    Nest Artifacts #1-3 were originally included in the installation Many Shades of Green (for You) Dimensions (pieces are listed from left to right): Nest Artifact #1 (Hair): 52 in x 39 in Nest Artifa

  • Nest Artifact #1 (Hair)
    2018
    Acrylic on canvas, fabric
    52 in x 39 in

  • Pillow
    2017
    Acrylic and thread on canvas over cardboard form
    43 in x 22 in x 3 in

  • Summertime Madness
    2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    24 in x 18 in

  • Bang Bang
    2017
    Acrylic and spray paint on clothesline
    5 in x 9 in x 2 in

  • Premie Scone
    2017
    Acrylic on clothesline
    5 x 13 x 8.5 in
 








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