The Alexander County Library will host an Art After Hours reception honoring “Floral Femme” by Hannah Grace on Friday, February 21st, 2020 from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Main Library, located at 77 First Avenue SW in Taylorsville. The exhibit and reception are free and all are welcome to attend.In this new exhibit oils, acrylics, and watercolors, Hannah Grace explores the relationship that has existed between women and floral patterns in art, reclaiming the narrative from her own perspective.
“Years ago, I started noticing how often females and floral patterns are associated with each other,” explains the artist. “And as I noticed these patterns, I started realizing that very often, both women and flowers are portrayed in the arts (and often society at large) as objects rather than living things with agency.”
Hannah Grace went on to share, “This narrative that was appearing all around me was inherently flawed in my view—because it was so often created by males. So, I decided I would attempt to reclaim this relationship of women to floral patterns and “decorative” imagery by trying to redefine this pairing from a woman’s perspective.”
“Like flowers, women have historically been viewed as dainty and delicate and fussy; however, both are strong, life-giving sources full of variety and containing multitudes,” said the artist.
Hannah Grace grew up in Hickory, North Carolina. As is often the case, she was a quiet kid in a rowdy school environment, so she escaped through reading and the arts. She began to draw what she saw in her comic books, or what she believed the characters from her novels would look like, or pictures of her family. When she got to high school, Hannah was introduced to the medium of paint by a wonderful and truly understanding art teacher—Michelle Fairchild. Hannah then began taking formal art lessons with Kay Robb after school and delving into the never-ending world of painting theory and practice. Following high school, she went to UNC Asheville for her BA in oil and acrylic painting, graduating with Honors as an Undergraduate Research Scholar in the Fine Arts in 2013. Hannah Grace teaches formal drawing and painting lessons at her dining room table with wonderful students; she teaches non-artists the joys of painting and sipping, so that they can better appreciate the arts while relieving stress from their lives; she sits home in her studio and makes loads of paintings for galleries, festivals, stores, and patrons. It’s a life surrounded by paints.
The exhibit will remain on display at the Alexander Library through February 29th, during library hours. To learn more or check holiday hours, visit www.alexanderlibrary.org or call (828) 632-4058.