“Follies” by Hannah Nahas

Follies I, Graphite on Paper
Follies II, Graphite on Paper

Artist Statement:

Hannah Nahas (b.1996) is an emerging artist currently based out of Providence, RI. Hannah is of Syrian and Russian Jewish decent with her work focuses on themes of liminality and the human experience. 

A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing. Hannah finding herself in a constant state of liminality, sought to find meaning in her feelings surrounding the unknown through her art practice.

Hannah makes her work with an homage to early storytelling. Stories such as Babes in the Wood, The Wizard of Oz, and The Fools Journey are defined by the narratives of transition and the pilgrimage of characters through unknown spaces. Hannah is fascinated about the space where ideas about identity intercept with ambiguity and change. In her work, she contextualizes these timeless themes into contemporary and relatable characters. Drawing inspiration from her own life and identity, she juxtaposes Gen Z characters, dressed in their Nike’s and cutoffs, existing within surreal dream-like landscapes. She reminds us of our own experiences through times of unknowing. 

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