Amelia Hankin's current body of drawings reference the superstitious beliefs that emerge in our everyday, from stepping on cracks in the sidewalks to opening an umbrella indoors. We find ourselves unwilling to take chances on these habits, engrained from childhood, despite how irrational they may be. Through repetitive imagery rendered in fine detail, Hankin questions the tipping point between harmless acts of routine and the human obsession with order, manifested in these rituals.
The patterns which emerge in her mark-making act as a parallel to the layers of control we assert on our lives. The meticulousness of the artist's hand is clear in the delicacy of her lines. With careful discipline, she defines each individual fiber on a feather, every crease and crinkle on a piece of paper. The subtle underlying prints, and the variable opacities with which she draws her objects, build depth and overlapping planes that create the illusion of layering. She presents her drawings as a visualization of her own attempts at achieving harmony in her mind.
Her recent work uses common objects that have been assigned meaning and purpose by superstition: folded paper that predicts the future, feathers that catch our dreams. By the impositions of context and tradition, these images form connections with birth, regeneration, and death. Brought together, they acknowledge the microcosmic forces outside of our authority, which impact our lives in small, but tangible ways.
Amelia Hankin received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited at the Janet Turner Print Museum (Chico, CA), Ellen Miller Gallery (Boston, MA), Eastern Oregon University, University of Richmond Museum (Richmond, VA), Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA), International Print Center New York (New York, NY), the 808 Gallery at Boston University (Boston, MA), The Chazan Gallery (Providence, RI), Columbia College (Columbia, MO), The Xavier University Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), and the RISD Museum of Art (Providence, RI). She received an artist's travel grant to study Eastern woodblock printmaking techniques at Kyoto Seika University in 2005. Since then, Hankin has attended residencies at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, the Women's Studio Workshop, and Vermont Studio Center. Hankin is the Artist-in-Residence in Screenprinting at American University in Washington, DC.