HANNAH MINIFIE

 

About

I create large-scale sculptures that reference the suspense and emotion created by the gesture of a body in space. As a biology and studio art major, my interest in science has always influenced my artwork. As seen within “Leporidae” and “Ambivalence”, the layered construction process of my earlier pieces follows that of many organisms. In my construction process, a ‘skeletal structure’ is created using mainly organic materials...

Sculpture

My sculptures focus on creating an emotion in space. My love of plaster, and its myriad qualities, has resulted in plaster being used throughout my work. The way that plaster heats up as it begins to set makes it seem almost alive. After the moisture has been removed, however, it becomes cold and bone-like. The life-cycle that occurs within plaster, moving from dry powder to an exothermic organism and back to the dead, dry product fascinates me. This is why plaster has become such an integral part of many of my works. 

Ceramics

Ceramics was my avenue into sculpture. I love hand-building with clay, and pushing the materials to their utmost. I have experience throwing on the wheel, but spend the majority of time creating lifelike animals through a process of creating a three dimenisional sculpture and carving it out at the leather hard stage. Working with clay provides me with something to do with my hands while I think of new ideas. In this way, ceramics acts as a 3D sketchbook for my work.

 

Two Dimensional Work

In addition to 3D constructions, I have been incredibly inspired by artists that work with 2D materials. In addition, these materials are much more portable. My interests in the two dimensional world focus around photography and drawing. One of my teachers once said "you really don't know something until you draw it." Photography and drawing tend to be closer to my biological focus, with a lot of the subject matter being a very organic base.