A Canadianvisual artist, currently residing and practicing in Farrellton, Québec,Hannah's artistic journey began with early exposure to dance and visual arts invarious settings, including home, school, and the community. Alongside heruniversity studies in anthropology, she continued to explore different mediumsand forms through workshops, courses, and personal practice. In 2010, theintroduction of felt making marked a significant turning point, propelling herinto a professional practice as a textile artist. Her award-winning work hasbeen part of numerous exhibits and solo shows. Notably, Hannah's artisticendeavors have received support from, le Conseil des arts et des lettresdu Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.
In my felted work, it is the animaland plant materials that, when combined and manipulated according to theirphysical properties, impart an organic arrangement of line, texture, form, andluminosity to the work that is inviting to our senses. High contrasts, details and relief, arecreated by layering coloured wool and resist materials, then revealed bycarving the surface of the felt. Silk gauze imbedded in light layers of finewool is used to create translucent elements. Materials such as flax and heavyweight handmade paper are used, adding sculptural rigidity to the felt.
Merging craft, fine art, and designinto visceral works, I use fibers to invoke a natural, basic sensibility ofconnection and awareness, shaped by relationship, memory, place, and space.
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, Research grant, from Canada Council for the Arts
2022 recipient of Explore and Create, Creation grant, 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)