USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland

Hannah Barnes, USM Assistant Professor of Art

Dart, watercolor and oil on linen, 2020, 84” x 60”  

My work in painting, drawing, and installation is permeated by an interest in pattern, process, impermanence, and the history of abstraction. Investigations into ritual-based drawing traditions inform my approach to process and materials. I employ geometric fields and grids to organize, fragment and reconnect adjacent planar surfaces. Through layering and erasure, structures drawn and painted overlap to generate new forms and patterns; accumulated layers produce vibration and interference. The resulting images are full of fluctuation and contradiction, implying space and illusion yet not fully cohering.

Hannah Barnes is an artist living in Gorham, Maine. Born and raised on the New England coast, Barnes received an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from Maine College of Art. Her projects have been exhibited in such places as the Columbus Museum of Art and Design in Indiana, the Dhoominal Gallery in Delhi, the Academy of Fine Art in Poland, and Site:Brooklyn in New York. She received a 2017-2018 Fulbright Fellowship for creative research in India. Barnes has taught painting and drawing since 2008 and is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Maine.

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