Hannah Israel lives and works at Columbus, GA, USA. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her work is across various interests including sculpture, installation, video, and mark making. Israel has exhibited her work at the High Museum of Art, Zuckerman Museum of Art, The Vargas Museum of Art in the Philippines, Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, I-Space in Chicago, the Krannert Art Museum, among others. She is currently exhibiting a solo exhibition at the Simmon Art Center at Bernau University titled Lacuna: The Space in Between.
She has also curated numerous solo and group exhibition. She is currently co-curating Methodologies, at the Madelon Arts Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, PA (September 2016). She’s also curating Elsewhere for the Illges Gallery Columbus State University and You Me Us and Them at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, GA (October 2016).
Hannah Israel has received the Daedalus Art Grant (NYC), the Creative and Performance Art Fellowship at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL and the Artist Fellowship at Cornell University, NY among others. Her works are collected in museums and private collection. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and the Gallery Director at Columbus State University in Georgia.
Hannah Israel reflects on information as a form of abstraction. The nature of her work maps the relationships of our existence by illustrating how fragile time can be and how predictable our experiences can be based on the temperament of the world around us.
Israel draws beauty out of tangible and intangible materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in her poetic works. Without a specific reference point, her investigations uses line, volume, texture, shape, and form that imbue a sense of intuition and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Influenced by process art, she creates works that resemble subsets of sorting, shifting, ephemera, gathering, tearing, cutting, and patterning. She is interested in how process can create a new meaning.
Imagined language is in the root of Israel’s work. She is fascinated by cultures who uses the same symbols and patterns to create maps of both their land and their dreams. This lack of distinction between fantasy and reality opens up the way we can think about our world. This paradigm creates a world of physical impossibilities and questions our presence in time and space. Israel is interested in the ambiguous state in which one can exist neither here nor there, a space in between worlds.