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Break-Away

Break-Away

Piece description from the artist

Hana paints her struggle between duality. She combines formal abstraction with figuration in mixed media, physical gestures, expressionist color, and ambiguous anatomy. She blurs the identity of her figures and instead elevates their actions. They are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, compressed, and tangled up in each other. Physical distortions convey the power of internal and external forces. Hana mixes sand and sawdust with paint, then applies it with bursts of energy balanced by constrained movement. This results in a give-and-take of shape, color, and texture. While she reveals human anatomy through repeated drawing, many impulsive and disjointed elements persist. On the surface, her paintings present the physical process of formal abstraction, but with a closer look the competing figures suggest physical and psychological struggles with an uncertain outcome.