Christina Hahn

Christina Hahn

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Christina Hahn • Profile

 

Christina Hahn

Christina Hahn fuses together two depictions of the land in constant flux, painting her impressionistic view of landscapes in oils over top of maps. "I like using maps for the ground because they add a layer of depth and give the viewer something to come up close to." She creates images of land, water, and sky that set for us the natural boundaries of where we are. "I want people to see beauty in my work, but more importantly to think more about our natural surroundings, our own God-given gifts; air, water, earth."

"I started using the shoreline because on the maps it was the only border not made up by man."


Christina Hahn • Statement

Maps come in various forms: road maps or atlases, topographical maps, elevation maps, statistical maps, nautical maps, celestial maps, constellation maps, star charts, and antique maps. All of these types of maps are tangible and two-dimensional. They have a history and a progression of becoming more accurate, so we can know where we are in relation to the universe, the planet, the country, the state, etc. It's human nature to want to know where we are and where we stand. My paintings are from a view of where one could stand and the maps show a history and change in the view of the land.

Currently, the mapmaker's are the most influential artists to me. I'm attracted to antique maps because they are beautiful in their design and inaccuracy. They carry images of gods, sea urchins, and pirate ships. Antique maps are beautiful drawings, although they can't help us navigate. People don't look at road atlases as drawings, but as schematic or symbolic representational tools to help you get from point A to point B. These maps have lost their myth and journey by their own history. It states on the back cover of the 1997 Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas, "It's not a treasure map, but follow it closely and you'll save a fortune." Constellation maps can show us the surrounding galaxy and when or where you'll see particular stars or planets, but so far they aren't navigational tools for the galaxy. All maps have a shared knowledge: they graph out our surroundings so that we may have the whole universe in our hands on a single piece of paper.

The format of my paintings is oblong, usually twice the length as the width. They are shown horizontally to give even more of an emphasis to the landscape. Motifs in my work are rocks, sand, dirt, leaves, water, stars, and the sky. I start my works by selecting maps from the past to present and glue them down onto Luanne board. Then I decide where I should paint thick opaque areas and where I should let the maps show through with thin washy areas. Also, the maps assert their own styles of shape, color, and especially line. Tools I choose to create these images range from brushes to rags to palette knives. The images tend to be more impressionistic and expressionistic than realistic.


Christina Hahn • Biography

EDUCATION & TEACHING

2000
Teacher, Continuing Studies for Youth: African Safari, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999
Teacher, Continuing Studies for Youth: Portraiture, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Painting, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1997
Chelsea College of Art and Design Summer Program, London, U.K.

AWARDS

1999
Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair Award, Charlevoix, Michigan

Best 2-Dimensional Piece, Lowell Area Arts Council's West Michigan Regional Competition, Lowell, Michigan 

Festival '99 Arts Council Award, 30th Annual Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1995 -1999
HKR Burnell and Karen Roberts Scholarship; Roberts Foundation for the Arts

Art Day Competition Award, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kendall Honor Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Lookie Here", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “URBAN/RURAL Michigan Outlook”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Out of the Polar Vortex”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala”, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group”, Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Act II”, Douglas, Michigan

2011    
LaFontsee Galleries, “Come Out and Play”, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Summer Fun”, Douglas, Michigan            

2007
LaFontsee Galleries, "2007-b," Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2004
LaFontsee Galleries, "Outlook," Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2003
Bella Galleria, "Hidden Surfaces," Solo Exhibition, Old Mission, Michigan

2001
Four Friends Coffee House, "Drawings and Paintings," Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2000
Grand Rapids Art Museum, "Festival '00," 31st Annual Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Four Friends Coffee House, "Drawings and Paintings," Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Collegiate Art," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kendall College of Art and Design, "71st Annual BFA Exhibition," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Four Friends Coffee House, "Drawings and Paintings," Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lowell Area Arts Council, "West Michigan Regional Competition," Lowell, Michigan; Best 2-Dimensional Piece 

Grand Rapids Art Museum, "Festival '99," 30th Annual Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received Festival '99 Arts Council Award

1997
Therapeutic Massage of Charlevoix, "Figurative works: drawings and paintings", Solo Exhibition, Charlevoix, Michigan