Join MAGC Events Manager Stacey Kamp as she walks you through this wonderful exhibition in The Studio.
Painter Frances McCormack and interdisciplinary artist Miya Hannan will surprise you with their enigmatic explorations of the earth and human fate. McCormack’s paintings remain rooted in the natural world but she expands her practice to include collage, creating apparitions filtered through the lens of the marvelous. Hannan’s work, influenced by Asian death philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education, evokes her view of the world as the layers and linkages of human lives and histories. Curiosity drives both artists to continuously discover and challenge. This exhibition was curated by Kate Eilertsen.
My images describe an interior theater where the relationship of energy to limitation unfolds in a drama that eagerly invites the viewer’s participation and interpretation.
– Frances McCormack
Frances McCormack is a veteran Bay Area painter. She is the recipient of an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and her numerous shows have won many critical reviews in the press. In addition McCormack serves as Professor Emerita at the San Francisco Art Institute. She created videos for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and curated the exhibition “Silence, Exile and Cunning” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
My work depicts my view of death as another form of being alive.
Miya Hannan’s sculptures, installations, and drawings show her view of the world that is constructed by the layers and linkages of human lives and histories. Her practice is influenced by Asian death philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education. Hannan’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. She received Nevada Art Council Jackpot Grant and Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant in 2018. She was awarded the Willapa Bay AiR Residency, Oysterville, WA in 2018 and attended the Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China in 2017. Hannan was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Before coming to the United States, she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the school of health sciences, Kyushu University and worked for a hospital for seven years in her native country, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.