Monday, 19 April 2010

Hannah Buckley

Hannah Buckley is an artist working primarily in textiles. She completed the MA in Sequential Illustration at Brighton University after her first degree in Stitched Textiles at Loughborough.

Recent exhibitions include Thebes Gallery, Lewes; the Brighton Art Fair and a solo show at Black Swan Arts, Frome. She has twice received Arts Council Grants for Individuals. Buckley has also represented the MA group, selling artists’ books to both Tate and the V&A.

In 2009 Buckley was artist in residence for the Big Draw at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly. The artist lives in the Sussex countryside, near the Ashdown forest.

Work from the ‘Inherit’ series 2010

This body of work demonstrates Hannah Buckley’s exploration of two very different, but equally important, sources of inspiration: she is fascinated by the way families pass down their genes. In particular she investigates her personal experience of being a carrier of haemophilia and associated anxieties and fears. Family photos and text book diagrams dealing with the condition inform the work and inspire the stitched and painted textiles exhibited.

Another concern is how humans are drawn to talismans as a way of regaining a sense of control over fateful circumstances. Votive offerings, graveside mementos and personal experience inform this aspect of the work.

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