Peering Deep Within My Pathology
5” x 7” (127mm x 177mm)
For the past 30 years, I have been creating sci-art sculpture and installations inspired by my love of anatomy and biology. My curiosity has led me to discover worlds within worlds, often the subject matter of the scientific and medical communities. My fascination with the inner workings of the human body is also reflected in the cosmos and I have been inspired to make these connections and depict them in my work. I have utilized magnification and various lenses, often under UV lighting, to distort and alter how I see the world. This has allowed me to expand my palette and my vision. The very technologies that scientists and doctors rely on in their labs to advance the understanding of human biology have served to influence my work. Through my association and collaboration with scientists, I have influenced theirs as well and I hope this mutual dialogue continues.
Ellen Hanauer is a sculptor and installation artist who has focused much of her work on sci-art, gender issues, and interior spatial relationships of the natural world. In the past four years, she has worked primarily in fiber. Her training in the cadaver labs has continued to influence her visual vocabulary over the past 30 years. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, universities, and galleries in many solo and group exhibitions. Hanauer’s work has been included at Montsalvat in Eltham Victoria, at the 3rd BioMedical Conference in Sophia, Bulgaria, and at Oxford University, UK, where she was awarded their First Theoretical Prize. She has been featured in SciArt Magazine and she recently returned from a bio residency at Lakeside Labs in Iowa, USA. Hanauer has received many national commissions including one at Rockefeller Center, New York City, and her works are in many museums and corporate collections.