Name/TitlePrint: Tesselating risograph squares
About this objectA series of square tesselating risograph prints created by Hannah Harkes for her Weemin's Wark exhibition, As Long As We Make It. Each square contains a figurative motif drawn in a continuous black line made with yarn. There are eight different motifs, depicting a baby with umbilical cord, two feminine figures dancing joyfully and confidently, solo female sailor, three children running, smiling woman spinning, female Viking warrior figure, woman carrying a creel on her back and three female figures working with yarn below a tree.
The exhibition featured multiple copies of each motif. The squares were displayed sitting side by side as tiles, some on their sides, some the right way up, all connected by one long thick colourful line, which has both a softness and fluidity. The prints point towards some of the narratives that have informed the work in Hannah's exhibition.
Portfolio TitleAs Long As We Make It
Medium and MaterialsOrganic, card
MeasurementsH: 200 x W: 200 mm (N.B. sizes per square may vary very slightly)
Subject and Association KeywordsCraftivism
Subject and Association Keywordswomen's work & labour
Subject and Association DescriptionWeemin's Wark was a dynamic programme of community workshops, cultural research, artist exhibitions, and publishing activities which took place between January 2020 – July 2021. It was developed by Gaada with support from Up Helly Aa for Aa, Glasgow Women’s Library and Creative Scotland. The project worked to increase the visibility of women’s contribution to contemporary island culture. Weemin’s Wark provided a safe space in which to examine notions of labour for Women and allies who challenge structures of social and institutional inequality.
Hannah Harkes is an artist who combines pictorial media, such as printmaking, painting, or drawing, with installation, performance, and event. The themes addressed by the artist can vary greatly, as she tends to create each new work in direct response to a specific exhibition space or performative context. Most recently she has focused on creating playful and celebratory environments in which to confront emotionally challenging topics, such as ageing, alienation, objectification, destructive behaviour, and death. In addition to her solo projects, Hannah often works collaboratively with other artists, performers, and musicians. She completed a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking from Gray's School of Art in 2011, and later graduated with an MA in Death, Religion and Culture from the University of Winchester in 2019. Hannah is based in Estonia, where she shares her time between a letterpress workshop called Labora, in the capital city of Tallinn, and her rural studio in the forest.
Named CollectionGlasgow Women's Library
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved