Hannah Klaus Hunter

Hannah Klaus Hunter

Hannah Klaus Hunter

HANNAH KLAUS HUNTER, printmaking/collage
2019 Artist in Residence

Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside, picking up leaves, studying their shapes and colors, their textures and veins, taking pleasure in small details. Years later, I still spend a lot of time looking up at the trees and down at the pathways beneath my feet. I’m taken by the beauty and transience of leaves, their brief life span a metaphor for our human lives; the marks they leave on paper, a signature of their presence. On walks, I collect handfuls of them in order to create one-of-a-kind prints.

When I return, I take my experiences into the studio and express them in a tangible form. I’m in pursuit of beautiful and accidental marks. To do this, I apply acrylic paint directly on a printing plate, arrange the leaves on the paint, top that with paper and print, using a brayer to push the paper onto the paint and leaves. This produces a monoprint. I work intuitively, with very little plan other than the shape of the leaves I've seen outside. 

When I've accumulated a number of prints, I cut the papers into different sizes and move these pieces around until I find a composition that feels right. This cutting and piecing creates a visual journal, each print a moment of time pieced together with others, to create an evocative landscape.

Using this simple printmaking technique and combining it with collage, I explore the seasons of my Northern California town with color and texture, capturing the subtle shapes created by leaves silhouetted against the sky.

Born in Ithaca, New York, Hannah migrated slowly west to California, after spending most of her childhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hannah received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Iowa, where she studied textiles and painting. She went on to receive an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts in Textiles and Sculpture.

From printmaking to collage, Hannah’s work involves a wide range of materials and has been exhibited nationally and abroad. Committed to creating beauty in an ever changing world, Hannah lives in Davis, CA, a literal hot-bed of plant life.

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