Hannah Biscombe

Artist Statement

My working practice is grounded in the use of photograms - a primitive photographic technique that records the space around objects on paper- made of living creatures. A fundamental part of the interest in this primal form of “writing with light” is the concept of extending what is a basic but nevertheless deeply connotative visual language.


The weight, the size and the shape of things contribute to the image but are also lost in it. The relentless passage of time that is made painfully obvious by conventional photography is less apparent in photograms. It is their lack of specificity that gives them an essentially timeless and ephemeral quality.


The stripping away of that fine ‘perfectly realistic’ quality and evidential detail, may make them a less well-rendered index –but perhaps closer to the way our minds capture and remember detail.  An image made by direct contact 


These photograms are processed traditionally and then scanned to enable them to be reconstructed as a larger, increasingly complex work. They are then printed.


The resulting work illustrates not only the indexical and eloquent nature of silhouettes, but also suggest a certain truth in the way that the “Dadaist” movement viewed the original ‘Rayograms’ - as affirmation that the ordinary can have incantory powers.


The work aims to transcend the photograph’s sense of loss. It is about containment, escape and exploring the way in which the combination of photography’s most basic format with digital editing technology offers the potential for radical new visual forms. 


Artwork

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Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Traces(2), The Execution Room, Degreeart, Vyner Street, London, March 2012

Hospital club and Art Below “Escape” competition, Lightbox, Bond street underground station, April - May 2010

Artlounge, Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham. June 2007

Art Below, Billboard, Kennington - Northern Line Platform 1 Northbound, (Charing Cross Branch), July 2006

DegreeArt.com, Canary Wharf, Solo Shop Front Display, January 2006

g39 (open season), ‘TRACES’ (An exhibition of digitally reconstructed photograms), June 2004

Group Exhibitions

Affordable Art Fair Bristol, DegreeArt, 17th – 20th May 2012

Grand Designs, London, DegreeArt, 5th – 13th May 2012

“All I want for Christmas …”, Hospital Club Christmas Group, London, December 2011

Forest of Art, DegreeArt Christmas Group Show, Vyner Street London, December 2011

Artist Against Knives, Charity Auction, London, November 2011

Affordable Art Fair Hamptead, London, Degreeart, 27th - 30th October 2011

Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London, Degreeart, 19th - 21st October 2011

Nailphilia, Degreeart.com, Vyner Street, London 1st - 25th September 2011

The Signature Art Awards 2011, Degreart.com, Vyner Street, London, 3rd - 28th August 2011

Affordable Art Fair Bristol, Degreeart, 12th - 17th May 2011 

BOA's Virtual Gallery Digital Tour Competition in association with Art Below, Liverpool Street Underground station, 18th - 25th April 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2011, Brooklyn Art Libruary and various American art galleries and museums, visit http://www.arthousecoop.com/sketchbookproject2011 for details, February 19 - July 31 2011 

The 2010 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, 11 to 21 November 2010

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, DegreeArt, 21st - 24th October.

Cork Street Open Exhibition, 27-28 cork street, August 2010

The Welsh Artist of the year 2010, St Davids Hall, July – August 2010

SHOP, Queens arcade, Cardiff, August 2009

The signature photography awards, The Empire Gallery, London, May 2009

Collect4 photography week, The Empire Gallery, London, October 2008

Magpie Gallery, Cardiff, mixed exhibition, September – December 2008

The signature photography awards, Anchor

Old Natwest, Cardiff Bay, ‘Bank Job 2’, October 2007

Old Natwest, Cardiff Bay, ‘Bank Job’, October 2005

University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, ‘Masters Exhibition’, September 2005

Paintworks, Bristol, ‘Degree Art’, June 2005

Paintworks, Bristol, ‘5 Metre’, June 2005

Moloko Vodka Bar, Cardiff, ‘MASS:EYE’ (Flying below the Radar), October 2004

Cardiff City Hall, ‘Art For Youth’, October 2004

University of Wales, Newport, ‘Degree Show’, May 2004