Rituals: Camera Obscura
During the summer of 2017, Slide Space 123 is hosting two shows focusing on cyanotype work by Studio Art MFA students. For this site-specific installation, Hannah Perrine Mode created ceramic pieces cast from objects and surfaces oustide the gallery window. The pieces were then coated with cyanotype, installed in the space as a 3D camera obscura, and left to expose to light in real time throughout the course of the show. The resulting sculptures act as a documentation of the artist's physical engagement with material and the surrounding landscape – as well as a record of time passing, the daylight in the gallery, and each viewer's presence in the space.
Hannah's practice hinges on personal and collective vulnerability inherent in physical, emotional, and social exchange. Through this lens – and often weaving together themes of map-making, geological phenomena, wayfinding, and climate change – she explores layers of memory that inform our sense of place and ways we cultivate communities.
Using site-specific, time-based, and/or transformative material, Hannah records solitary moments of meditative action in which my body physically engages with the surrounding landscape. Ongoing projects act as photographic documentation of fleeting moments of action – a record of the state of being open and present, her skin a porous surface, her body a permeable vessel. Through social practice projects, Hannah initiates moments of intimate exchange between herself and others, and creates platforms for vulnerability and communication. Whether through postcard writing, memory sharing, or interactive poetry, the work employs intentional, active listening to engage both the individual and the collective experience. Each exchange is a tender gesture emphasizing the capacity of radical generosity as a tool for social change.