Piece description from the artist
Hana Shoup's paintings show a struggle between duality. In the series titled "Remaking the Goddess," this struggle is expressed with two figures fighting and merging with one another and their environment. The action is elevated over the identity of the figures. They are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, altered by outside pressures, and tangled up in each other. These physical distortions convey psychological anxiety resulting from competing internal and external forces. Pinks, purples, and reds are used for sentimental connotations of femininity and for visceral quality. The physicality of the painting is achieved by using sand, sawdust, paint and charcoal on the paper, going back to forth between spontaneous movements and careful balance of shapes, colors, and textures. While the figures begin to reveal themselves through this process, the survival of impulsive and disjointed elements is vital to the work, as the actual processes of painting and drawing are evidence of struggle between the artist's strengths and weaknesses.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.