HANNAH KLAUS HUNTER, printmaking/collage
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.
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.