Utilizing interviews, participant-observation, and surveys the artist sought to construct an ethnography of women in Muncie IN. Taking into account the unique history of the place as “Middletown”, the subject of multiple social studies in the early 20th century and its current status as a barometer of US social trends. Hancock recorded audio from thirty-eight individual interviews as well as group interviews with community members. In addition the artist created branded written and visual materials for data collection and project promotion. The audio and data collected is being compiled into a utopian website and soundscape sculpture. This work was began while a resident at PlySpace in Muncie, IN, during the 2019 Spring term.
Interview space at PlySpace.
FU: Iceland Edition
If searching the internet in relation to feminism and the country of Iceland the initial results will say: Why Iceland is the Best Place in the World to be a Woman, or Seven Feminist Laws Iceland has that the World Needs. While it is true that Iceland boasts being the number one country on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for the ninth year in a row as well as having some of the most progressive legislation around women’s rights in the world; is it truly a feminist utopia? The artist journeyed to Iceland as both feminist pilgrim and pseudo-scientist to discover the truth. Using the methods of ethnology, the artist observed Icelandic culture, distributing surveys and conducting interviews with the women of the country. As a pilgrim created iconographic artworks that honor the extensive and inspiring history of Icelandic feminists. The work created while in residence at Heima for the months of April, May and June of 2018 as well as recorded interviews have been archived at Kvennasögusafn Íslands.
Venus of Raudsokkreyfingin
This work is inspired by the venus sculpture used by the Icelandic Red Stockings on May 1, 1970. Carried by women as they joined the Worker’s March uninvited, the monumental sculpture created a barrier between the women and those who would have stopped them from protesting.
Original sculpture made by Messíana Tómasdottír
zine series (created at Heima)
The Fall (from Vogue)
A process-based installation, the artist created collages on mirror using over 100 women’s fashion magazines. Considering her own image in the mirrors of the installation as well as the images of women depicted on the pages of the magazines.
Utilizing a portable air compressor and texture sprayer, artist created an installation by coating the walls of space with wet plaster and colored sand. Interested in texture, color, waste, and artificiality, an experiment in process and capitulation. The process lead to the creation of 'remnant' sculptures; formed through the erosion of the walls. By breaking up of the accumulation of debris at the base of wall, shards were created; micro landscapes/topographies.
Exploration of narcissism in the internet age, referencing an ancient form of transportation. By using two-way glass, artist creates private space while showcasing the occupant; exploring ideas of privacy vs. public persona, self-servicing and narcissism. Goal is for vehicle to be for performative work.