Hannah Joris

To me, making has  a lot to do with a notion of loss, guilt and destruction. Or more precisely: human loss, human guilt and human destructive natureIf all we’ve got as humans is body and if all representations we make are guilty for merely being representations of the real thing, can objects resembling body fragments then perhaps still convey some truth?

The red line running throughout my work is the fascination for the human body and its potential to express aspects of the human condition. I am interested in how the fragmented body can express human suffering -suffering caused by struggles we are confronted with through our mortal nature and mankind’s position towards nature, society and culture.
Since the burden of human suffering often reflects itself in physical form, the human body forms an important starting point. To express vulnerable bodily features, I experiment with organic materials, which deform, decay, dry, wrinkle and shrivel; reminding us of our own flesh and skin. The combination of these fragile pieces with sewn seams, metal hooks and piercing pins, underlines their fragility. A critical -perhaps more personal- part of my work and process is based on drawing. During the process I investigate how the fragmentary state cries out for completion. To me, this is a crucial aspect of jewelry in particular: pieces crave for another body to become more complete.






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Since I realized I have no pictures of myself in a creative moment or in action, I took some now, in my peaceful basement studio, while preparing yams for a new piece…

Studio in Hasselt, Belgium

June 2012

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