The life and work of Amy Hannum

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In this newsletter:

- Arches in Mount Dora
- Grace Magazine and RAW Manhattan Interview Amy Hannum
- Ice Carnival Wrap Up

1 of 36 Nationwide

Migration series

On Exhibit Now 
Until March 2, Arches (shown above) will be on exhibit at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, FL. Hannum's sculpture was selected by jurors Kim Bernard and Susan Loden as 1 of 36 artists to nationally represent encaustic art in the exhibition Big Bad Wax. The show takes place during the Mount Dora Arts Festival this weekend, February 1-2. Hannum will travel to Florida to represent her work at the festival. Arches is one of 20 works currently in her Migration series of sculptures. 

What is encaustic? 
Encaustic is an art medium comprised mainly of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. The name comes from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to burn in, and has been in use for almost two thousand years. Encaustic art is currently experiencing a resurgence as art dealers and collectors realize its appeal and longevity and artists rediscover its many different applications.

Hannum uses encaustic for painting, sculpting and casting. Using encaustic requires study, training and practice as there can be hazards with heating wax with pigments and oils. Seek professional instruction before experimenting on your own.

What inspired this piece?
Arches is one of 20 works that currently make up the Migration series of sculptures. The series was inspired by the transient nature of modern humans and takes an in-depth look at why we leave one location for another. Technology, economy, weather, and other factors are considered when we change locations. 

Hannum studies the cause and effect of these relocations and how they alter both the migrant and those left behind. A butterfly effect occurs when someone leaves one area and appears in another, dynamics change and a new realm of experiences is made possible. Each work in the series conveys physiological landscapes encountered on the path of migration and deliver messages to which we can relate on a human level.

More about the making of Arches
Arches was made from encaustic, foam, leather and pigment based on a birch panel, and measures 12"x24"x11". This particular landscape evokes the sensation of being lost in a cave or on a dark planet, one which is jagged and foreboding yet mystical. The topography is simultaneously archaic and futuristic and fills us with a sense of wonder, exploration and suspense.


Art and the Ideal Last Supper


Hannum with a sign she designed for New London Parks Conservancy

"Meet New Londoner Amy Hannum. We loved her answers to our weekly Tell Me Something Q&A! (And Amy - we would totally roller-blade The Guggenheim with you."
-Grace Magazine

Hear Hannum talk about the Color Vibration and Cosmic Disc series at RAW Encompass in TriBeCa:


Games, fortune and surprises
await you in the dark of night...

 Ice Carnival by PaintDragon

...goes the tagline for this ever popular winter event. This year's Ice Carnival marked Hannum's fifth year of creating interactive events that are free and open to the public. Well, almost free, tickets for a song. Sing a tune to the Gatekeeper to earn tickets to play games, have your fortune told, make your own ice sculpture and much more.

With help from a group of devoted Carnies, Hannum pulled off another successful night of fun in the bitter cold. A sudden snow squall and fire performances added just the right ambiance this year. Events take place on Saturday night during the last full weekend in January in conjunction with the Hygienic Art Gallery's annual show. 

This project is funded entirely by artists and contributions from art supporters like you. We still have yet to reach our modest goal of $250. Please consider making even a small donation before February 8 to keep these events alive:
All proceeds support these events directly.

Thank you for your continued support!



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