POLISHING APPETITES: recent works by Anna Hanchett

Recent works by Anna Hanchett
Calvin College (106) Gallery, 106 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids
July 15 – August 19

The Calvin College Department of Art and Art History is proud to present POLISHING APPETITES, an exhibition featuring work by Calvin College 2014 BFA graduate, Anna Hanchett. Anna shares:

I often find myself dreaming about suppers I’ve shared with dear friends: suppers that sustained both bodies and social bonds. Grounded in place, I give physical form to memories and I explore identity in spaces of shared intimacy.
A glass cover exposes the shared intimacy of eating cake–a lens of pleasure and desire; the cake devoured collectively and still held in our minds. And I paint on linen marked by past spills cleaned as a reminder of what it means to be human. As good wine enhances conversation, it also helps us focus on what is in front of us, while coffee restores us back into the world, at the end of supper.
Appetites are largely bound up with nostalgia, and our cravings thrive on anticipation. I play with my own hunger for belonging in order to reference appetites that extend beyond the table. I collect from my past, and I arrange imagery to juxtapose relationships. By mixing flavors and mixing people, gathering at the table celebrates the prolonging of life, and I use this image to navigate and piece together my cravings for home.
As I find my place at the table, I anticipate the promise of the meal to come. 

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, August 5, 6 – 9 pm

Join (106) Gallery for thePOLISHING APPETITES exhibition opening reception on Friday, August 5, from 6 – 9 pm. This event is held in conjunction with the Avenue for the Arts’ First Fridays market event and shop hop. Enjoy an art-filled night on South Division Avenue, as numerous venues are open late for your art viewing and buying pleasure. Refreshments served.

Anna also invites you to celebrate POLISHING APPETITES with a studio sale, held in conjunction with the opening reception. Items available include ceramics, collage, and drawings from her personal studio practice.

image: Anna Hanchett, Aljarafe, 2016. mixed media
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