Handwritten text features prominently in Hannah Verlin's art as both repetitive texture and content. Some writing is original, but most is transcribed from historic texts, traditional songs, and collected data. Although the writing is nearly illegible, it imbues the art with the significance of the source material and the compulsive energy of the writing process. The very act of writing by hand transforms what were just words into a kind of prayer and remembrance, to create an intimate connection with what was once remote. It is a way of expressing complex ideas simply, forming expressionless data into something meaningful and beautiful.
Hannah was born outside of Philadelphia in 1983. In 2005 she received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA). Her recent solo exhibitions include, Far Away Up Close (Montserrat College of Art, 2012) and Fates & Furies: America (Boston Sculptors Gallery, 2012). Her temporary public artworks include Letters to Medford (Medford MA, 2013), Thoughts Are Free (Medfield MA, 2012) and Love Letters (Davis Square Bike Path, 2012). In 2014 she will be creating installations for a National Parks trail system in New Bedford, MA and for the Brooks Estate in Medford MA.
As a featured artist in Practice at the Nave Gallery Annex this March/April, Hannah will be exhibiting works from her time spent as a visiting scholar at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2013.
March 12 - April 5, 2014
reception: Wednesday March 12, 6-8 pm
artist talk: Friday March 21, 7 pm
story slam: Monday March 31, 7 pm