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Hannah Stageman

I build upon a long history of art and nature, looking at nature as culture. Concentrating my practice on drawing and its contemporary concerns, as well as using it to help me explore my chosen subject of nature, the natural sciences and social history.
My practice explores the dividing line between nature and culture. Concentrating my practice on drawing and its contemporary concerns, as well as using it to help me explore nature, the natural sciences and social history. Evolution, botany, collecting, palaeontology, taxonomy, and geology amongst others interest and influence me, as well as the everyday affect the natural world has on our lives, however insignificant it may seem. Past projects have seen me research the social and historical significance of oak trees; the traditions of the working English forest; the memories connected with our own past and the natural world; and the idea of place. I often use white within my work to signify memory. It also represents the loss of Nature through decay and destruction, but always with a hope of renewal as we are reminded that our lives are controlled by the seasons. Maybe somewhat counter-intuitively I also use white to highlight what is before us and draw our attention to what can become everyday: trees; firewood; bees and butterflies. All these things significantly contribute to our environmental health and are indicators of that health.
“Trees, how many of 'em do we need to look at?” (Ronald Reagan)
“Some men go through a forest and see no firewood” (English Proverb) V