My name is Audrey Hansa (I also go by the comic pen name Malachy sometimes). I’m a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I earned my Bachelor’s in Fine Art, with focuses in drawing, painting, screen printing, and comics. Some things about me:
I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest in 5th grade and read it to my entire school at an assembly.
My spice tolerance maxes out at black pepper. And in my family we use the word “butt” in 4 different languages but besides that only know and speak English.
Some things about my sketchbook:
I titled it “No Answers”, and decided to focus on the “Burdens and Brushes” theme. In the near past year since I had graduated college, I’ve gone through so many personal changes. My living situation, relationship status, current odd jobs, and future career goals have changed dramatically. I’m not anywhere near where I’d like to be in life, but I’m working on it. I’m back at home with my parents for the time being, and as empty-nesters themselves, they have just sold our home in the Chicago suburbs.
While packing, we all in our own way have been confronted by memories through the house itself and the collection of items within it. And also in our own way, have been dealing with the emotions attached to them. For me personally, I have the added weight of unemployment and post-breakup blues that has made me take a deep look into myself. In my book I explore this idea of confronting the burden of the myriad of emotions that comes with a transitional time such as this. Highlighting the triumphant, raw, upsetting, and lovely things all at once. Like many artists, my practice is fueled by the need to make sense of my world, or as catharsis. This is one such example.
In “No Answers”, viewers will find new artwork exclusive to the sketchbook itself, but also fragments of older work too--a nod to the resurfacing of my belongings in recent time. Some images and objects are adhered using packing tape, evoking thoughts of the struggle between the permanent and temporary. Included are acrylic paintings, ink drawings, comics, found objects, writing (including a play I actually performed through the Neo-Futurist Theater class in Chicago), screen and linoleum prints, and stickers.
If any viewers are feeling uprooted or lost in their own way, I hope that by looking through my sketchbook, they can be reminded that their emotions are valid--and that they have a friend somewhere in the world who is feeling similar feelings. Life can knock you on your ass and make you question everything, but we can be comforted by the fact that we will always have art as a tool to get us through our most confusing times. Or, at the very least, to try to make some sense of it. We may not come to an answer, as the title suggests, but we know art will lift us from our burdens as best it can. It’s definitely helped me.
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