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Hanna Washburn | Tendrils, Limbs, Bellies, and Blooms

May 04, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024

Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 4th from 5-7 PM.

Hanna Washburn will give an artist talk on Saturday, May 11th. 


In her artistic practice, Hanna Washburn constructs sculptures from repurposed materials, such as clothing, furniture, and household items, sourced from her own life and those of her friends and family. Sewing by hand and working intuitively, she allows these forms to evolve into complex aggregates of color, pattern, and texture. With a background in traditional sewing passed down through generations, Washburn honors and experiments with her inherited process. Employing and complicating textile techniques like quilting and upholstery, she creates anthropomorphic sculptures that blur boundaries between lifeforms, evoking both familiarity and unease. These mismatched forms, reminiscent of domestic and natural elements, challenge conventional perceptions, offering a patchwork of associations and expectations. Washburn’s sculptures, despite incorporating materials with previous functions, assert their autonomy, suggesting growth and change as they extend into space, breaking down hierarchical barriers between humans and their environments.


Hanna Washburn, based in Beacon, NY, is an artist and curator known for her hand-sewn sculptures crafted from recycled textiles and found objects. Her work has garnered attention from publications such as The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Cult Bytes, and the Femme Art Review. Washburn’s pieces have been exhibited at prestigious venues including SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, the Dorsky Museum of Art, NADA Art Fair, and the Wassaic Project. She has also held artist residencies at notable institutions like Haystack Mountain School and Monson Arts. Washburn earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2018 and her BA from Kenyon College in 2014. Currently, she works in the Curatorial Department at Storm King Art Center.

  • Date: May 04, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024
  • Location:Alliance Gallery
  • Curators:DVAA

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