A Canadian, visual artist living and practicing in Farrellton, Québec. Hannah's skills developed from being exposed, early in life, to dance and visual art practices, at home, at school, and in the community. Artistic exploration persisted, along side the study of anthropology in university. Having experimented with different mediums and forms, through workshops, courses, work and personal practice, the introduction of felt making in 2010 led to a professional practice as a textile artist. Hannah’s work has been supported by le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.
In many cases, there is a comfort inherent in the materiality of textile art. In my felted work, it is the animal and plant materials that are combined and manipulated according to their physical properties, that impart sensorial familiarity to the viewer. The result of fusion and fibre migration, when combining different fibres in the felting process, is an organic arrangement of line, texture, form and luminosity that is viscerally inviting to our senses. Using natural, dyed fibres I compose colour and texture to evoke a sensation, a place, a moment. By interpreting landscapes, and natural phenomena, my work seeks to give the viewer a sense of home, an experience of recognizing our place in our bodies and in our landscapes.
Work in Progress
Ancient practices, Eternal Tendencies and New Technology
To research historic and current immersive design and media art applications and create related fibre works from 05/21 to 03/22
with thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support on this project.
Here are a couple of clips from a collaboration in progress with filmmaker, Joseph Wenkoff and sound artist, Latak. Using soundscapes and specialized lenses to capture an intimate experience of the fibres and locations within the felted pieces, we hope to create an experience of jouneying through a strange yet familiar, alternate landscape. By using the digital medium, we capture an otherwise impossible view of the felt work and develop material for creating immersive environments in which we can experience the fiber intimitely.
Art Beyond Borders 2021/22
As part of PAF's programming related to artists + artmaking from a distance during COVID.
With thanks to the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais for their support for this project.
Lissa Cowan interview with Hannah Ranger, for Art Beyond Borders:
2010- 13 Moons, in-situ installation, La trienniale internationale des arts textiles de l’Outaouais, Moon Rain Tapestry Centre, Poltimore, Québec
2012- Mediating Surfaces, Stone School Gallery, Promenade-du-portage, Québec
2013- Aerial, McKenzie-Marcotte Gallery,Wakefield, Québec.
2015- Warmth, group exhibit, Centre d'art E. K.Voland, Montreal, Québec.
2016- Incubation/Emergence/Release, in-situ installation, La trienniale internationale des arts textiles del’Outaouais, Moonrain Tapestry Centre, Poltimore, Québec
2016- Bords des étangs, Place des artistes de Farrellton, Farrellton, Québec
2017- Si loin, si près, solo exhibit, Espace Pierre Debain, Gatineau, Québec
2018 - Of the Land, solo exhibit at the Wakefield Library, Centre Wakefield LaPêche, Wakefield, Qué.
2020 - Phenomena, solo exhibit, Centre des arts LAFAB, Chelsea, Québec
2020 – Virtual presentation of Visceral Materials, a digital exploration, Place des artistes de Farrellton, Farrellton,Québec
2021 – Mosaic – Mosaïque, Trinity gallery, Shenkman Art Center, Arteast juried member’s show
2021 – Cabinet of Curiosties, Place des artistes de Farrellton, group show.
2017 recipient of a Territorial Partnership Grant from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2020 recipient of Strategic funds andInitiatives: Digital Originals grant from Canada Council for the Arts
2021 recipient of Explore and Create from Canada Council for the Arts
2021 Mosaic – Mosaïque, Arteast, Juror’s choice award
2021 Fiona Duthie mentorship
English Language Arts Network (ELAN)
Place des Artistes de Farrellton (PAF)