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Hands and Hair: Contemplating the Cut

10.00"W x 12.00"H x 0.1"D

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Hana Shoup


Medium: Print

Subject Tags: detailed, detail, drawing, expressive mark making, lines, linear, curly hair, curls, haircut, artist, artistic, woman, fingers, hair, hands

Media: etching on paper

Size: 10"W x 12"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2006

I created this piece as a self-portrait. I decided to depart from traditional self-portraits in which the face is the focus. Instead, I use my hands and my hair as personal identification. My motivation to examine other unique parts of myself came from simple haircut. I created this after I cut my long, blonde hair and donated it to Locks of Love. I photographed my hands entangled in the now severed hair. This is a one of a kind, handmade intaglio etching.

I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew animals, both real (my menagerie of pets), and fantastic (dragons and such). With this obsession with drawing nature, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history at Baylor University. I lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore (I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast) attended MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I worked in DYI art spaces, such as The Skydive, and helped organize community shows. I currently work, teach, and make art in Denver.

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