Paper Wave: Hannah Tucker
Hannah Tucker uses photomontage and collage to conjure images from her imagination. She dismantles found images in order to build new ‘skins’ or ‘covers’ that fuse the natural and man-made, often critiquing our relationship with both. This type of mixed media art has its roots in the subversive German artists of the early twentieth century who used photomontage as a way to make images that channeled their anti-fascist beliefs. During the same period artists associated with cubism and surrealism created dream-like photomontages that played with perspective and the human form.
Hannah creates new images by camouflaging and disguising the originals; feathers morph into hair, a cityscape merges with oil tankers. Using found images to create statements about living systems, Hannah collects and designs images reflective of the natural world in conflict with the man-made environment.
Some of Hannah’s most recent work uses mixed media, continuing her experiments with montage but combining this with paint, paper and marks. Collage scraps she finds and ephemera she collects at markets are woven into her mixed media work.
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