Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 2:10 pm
LONG DAYS, LONG NIGHTS, SWIM OFTEN.
Opening May 13 from 5-8pm, "Long Days, Long Nights, Swim Often" is a collection of prints, drawings, and paintings by Hannah Hurricane Sanchez that explore ideas of female nurturers. The work was made during the transitionary period of becoming a new mother and created within the limits of nap-time studio hours. The surreal, narrative works explore the changing mental and physical spaces that new caregivers experience. A cast of angels, super-heroines, stay-at-home moms, career women, and women adventurers navigate social roles, natural and spiritual ecosystems, and the distractions/freedoms of our current society. The work speaks to the magic and the misunderstood of interconnected, compassionate beings.
Hannah Hurricane Sanchez (b.1988) attended Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami, FL and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2010. Seeking an education outside of academia, she spent a year working on various leadership endeavors in Albania, Panama, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. From 2009 through 2012, she focused on specializing in applications of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), working on university research projects looking at wildlife occurrences, environmental education, local food deserts, national childhood obesity, and statewide emergency management. As an AmeriCorps Volunteer in 2013, Hannah served as Operations Coordinator at an emergency shelter for immigrants and political asylees in Austin, Texas. Since 2014, she has pieced together a handful of part-time assistant jobs while pursuing her artwork and raising kids. Currently, she works as an advertising manager at a local newspaper, The Montague Reporter, and also as a clerk at a local junk shop, LOOT Found and Made. She lives and works in Turners Falls, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.