he BHNP is honored to have Hannah Israel as the 2019 artist in residence. Hannah was also worked with honor students from the Columbus State University where she is a Professor of Art and Gallery Director. The students came to the BHNP multiple times to explore and map out the grounds to create a book that will be translated to braille.
Hannah was also the 2019 curator for the Art of Nature creating the theme "Listening to the Waters".
Artist Statement: Hannah Israel reflects on information as a form of abstraction. The nature of her work maps the relationships of our existence by illustrating how fragile time can be and how predictable our experiences can be based on the temperament of the world around us. Israel draws beauty out of tangible materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in her poetic works. Without a specific reference point, her investigations uses line, volume, texture, shape, and form that imbue a sense of intuition and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Influenced by process art, she creates works that resemble subsets of sorting, shifting, ephemera, gathering, tearing, cutting, and patterning. She is interested in how process can create a new meaning. Imagined language is in the root of Israel’s work. She is fascinated by cultures who use the same symbols and patterns to create maps of both their land and their dreams. This lack of distinction between fantasy and reality opens up the way we can think about our world. This paradigm creates a world of physical impossibilities and questions our presence in time and space. Israel is interested in the ambiguous state in which one can exist neither here nor there, a space in between worlds.
Hannah Israel lives and works at Columbus, GA, USA. She is currently a Professor of Art and the Gallery Director at Columbus State University in Georgia and the 2019 Artist in Residence at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. In the Spring of 2019, Israel taught an honors class, Art and Nature at Columbus State University that enabled the students to create an art work based on their research and field trips to the Preserve. Hannah Israel received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Israel has exhibited her work at the Kentler International Drawing Space, High Museum of Art, Zuckerman Museum of Art, The Vargas Museum of Art in the Philippines, Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, I-Space in Chicago, the Krannert Art Museum, among others.
Hannah Israel has received the Daedalus Art Grant (NYC), the Columbus State University Faculty Grant (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019), the Creative and Performance Art Fellowship at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL and the Artist Fellowship at Cornell University, NY among others. Her works are collected in museums and private collection.