Back in August, I had the sheer pleasure of photographing the most recent work of European native, formerly local artist, Anna Hanchett. Prior to her recent move to Stockholm to pursue graduate studies, Anna had a solo exhibition, Polishing Appetites, featuring her most recent work at the (106) Gallery and Studio in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She and I had arranged to meet at the gallery so that I could photograph her meticulous work and hear a bit more about her processes and deeply thought out concepts. It was an absolute delight. In a feeble attempt to sum up all that is her work, the first words, among many, that come to mind are beautiful and detail-oriented. She has an incredible gift and talent for taking memories and giving them a physical form in such an appropriate, conceptual way, in both 2D and 3D media.
Anna says, "...Appetites are largely bound up with memory, and our cravings thrive on anticipation. I play with my own hunger for belonging in order to reference appetites that extend beyond the table. I collect from my past, and I arrange imagery to juxtapose relationships. By mixing flavors and mixing people, gathering at the table celebrates the prolonging of life, and I use this image to navigate and piece together my cravings for home."
Her show ran from July 15 - August 19 with the opening reception on Friday, August 5th, 2016. If you were unable to stop by (106) to admire her work up close and personal, I recommend taking some time to scroll through these images (though they don't do them justice) in addition to checking out her website: http://www.annakhanchett.com/ - you're sure to be captivated.