Codes of Uncertainty
"My practice is grounded in walking and exploring remote natural areas. With the approach of the French flâneur who wanders the city, hiking opens the mind to discovery. I explore the liminal space between the beginning and destination of a walk. Guy Debord’s “psychogeography,” “the study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals,” guides my work (1955). In this wandering act of walking, the body/mind/spirit floats through places, influenced by them. Through printmaking, drawing, and paper sculpture, my subjective experience in these places colors and overgrows imagery of factual geographies. I am drawn to that which is invisible in these places: atmosphere, sound, memory, intuition.
The visual language of my work is derived from the natural world. Sky, clouds, earth strata, and cliffs become metaphors for uncertainty, and a state of being in-between. I combine minute and expansive elements to form new environments that grow, drift, and pull. Repetitive marks reference the world but ambiguity of scale and location separates them from it. The amassing of marks and layers can both hide and reveal, and possess transparency and density. I seek to capture this liminal quality. I see liminality in the expanse of the horizon – the inaccessible and sublime space where the land and sky come together.
With a background as a printmaker, my work functions in layers. The build up of layers and ability to combine the same images in different ways speaks to the idea of possibilities. In the body of work presented, mylar layers and cut paper shapes come together in multiple combinations, creating new potentials. In possibility there is fluidity and unknown. I seek to create work that balances in the space between: between falling and float-
ing, suspension and flight, boundaries and freedom, lightness and weight."*
Hannah Ireland's artist statement. Website here.