Transform: Moving Past Fear Towards Beauty
Ellen Hanauer’s exhibition of projected images and neon sculpture depicts the emotional balance of fear and desire for joy. The human condition of loss leaves scars behind — scars that produce fear of returning to the darkness. Through this exhibition, Hanauer teeters between fear and the universal desire for joyfulness, discovery and creative potential.
Possibilities of future implosion inspire the images projected on the wall, and allude to the importance of focusing on the beauty of each moment. Fear paves the way to appreciate life’s wonders, illuminated under black light. This duality is both terrifying and comforting. Hanauer reminds us of the cyclical nature of life and how deconstruction and reconstruction brings personal evolution and enlightenment.
This exhibition is part of a large body of work that explores transformation — from falling into the abyss and emerging from the darkness, to the multiple emotions that follow. Part of Hanauer’s initial exhibit Transform is on view at Warren County Community College, Washington, NJ from February 5 — 28, and the newest work that follows is on exhibit at Chashama Matawan in March.
This exhibit is open by appointment only; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
About Ellen Hanauer
Ellen Hanauer is a sculptor and installation artist who has focused much of her work on interior spatial relationships of the natural world. In the past four years, she has worked primarily in fiber.
Hanauer has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, universities and galleries in many solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been included at the Australian Science Communicators 2018 conference at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia and also at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane Australia; at the 3rd BioMedical Conference in Sophia, Bulgaria; in a solo exhibition at Montsalvat in Eltham Victoria; and at Oxford University, UK, where she was awarded their First Theoretical Prize. Her work has been featured in SciArt Magazine and she recently returned from a bio residency at Lakeside Labs in Iowa, USA.
She has received many national commissions and her work is in museum, corporate and township collections.