The Life and Work of Amy Hannum

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- Additions, not subtractions
- Migration: Chess
- Migration and Spectrum Gallery
- Other Exhibitions 
- Encaustic Retreat in Maine


Additions, not subtractions

Whenever people ask me what I do I go through a qualifying thought process of estimating what type of information is most relevant to the person asking. For those of us who juggle many balls and wear many hats, the question can be difficult to navigate and I've decided to adopt the "more is more" attitude where my website is concerned. 

That's right, back by popular demand is the Design portion of my website. Next time you visit, you'll be able to peruse selected design projects and get a larger picture of the types of design projects I undertake. 

Migration: Chess


We've all heard the euphemism that life is a game, and to me that game is chess. Complicated, strategic, exciting, and harrowing, this seventh sculptural work in the Migration series carries that game in its title, Migration: Chess.

The work began as a log destined for a campfire, however, every time I looked at it I would pass it up and feed a different one into the fire. After spending an evening looking at the log it followed me down into the studio and slowly became a landscape in the migration story. Utilizing the same cotton and encaustic figures as other works in the series, along with mohair, the log developed into the battleground of the chess game of life. 

The natural contours of the wood provided guidelines for the chessboard while maintaining a sublime organic aspect. As in life, the spaces on this board are erratic, surprising, and also multi-dimensional. The figures representing different teams work their way around this landscape while remaining confined to it. Alternate and detail views of this work can be seen here on my website. 

Migration and Spectrum Gallery

 Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT is currently exhibiting four works in the Migration series including, Alpha, Age Old, and the diptych Within & Without. Also showing at the gallery are Around the World 1-9, comprised of spirograph drawings under plexiglass, and Voyage, a never before shown acrylic sculpture which has been featured in many local newspapers and is on the homepage of the Spectrum Art Gallery website. 

The show at Spectrum Gallery, called Out of the Box, features the work of artists who “break out” of the rectangular canvas and sculpt unique objects. For the opening reception Barbara Nair, the Gallery Director, and I decided to display all of my unsuccessful spirograph drawings underneath the completed work.

Anyone who has ever worked with spirograph knows the concentration and exacting pressure required to complete a successful drawing. Almost 50 drawings were attempted to yield the 18 needed for Around the World 1-9. These "unsuccessful trips around the world" are signed and numbered and gallery attendees were invited to take one of these limited editions home as a souvenir.  Below are some happy attendees and the drawings they selected.  




September 19 - November 1
The Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art presents the final Latin Views group show.  We are sad to see this annual exhibit come to a close and are honored to be a part of its last hurrah. Please visit the LNVA website for more information on the organization. 

The work above, Golden Laws, was created by Amy Hannum and features Kim Bernard's Pendulum Process.

Opening Reception
Friday, September 19 
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Meet the Artists
Saturday, September 20
11:00 am

All activities take place at the AvS Gallery

Other Exhibitions

June 27 - September 13
More Trees Please; an exhibit of the trees we love and the work inspired by them. Never before shown cyanotypes and monotypes are on display.

Kitchen Gallery/Yoga School, 38 Green Street, New London, CT
June 27 - October 26
Dorothy's Web, shown above, and other encaustic and spider web works are on exhibit at Ambergris Gallery. Yes, real spider webs are used for these works.

Treat yourself to a mini vacation and head out for a sail to see!

442 Dodge Street, Block Island, RI

Ambergris Gallery
August 22 – September 28 
Out of the Box: An exhibit of artists that break the parameters of the canvas. Voyage, shown above, debuts along with other hand-cut acrylic installations. 

Opening Reception
Friday, August 22
6:30 - 9:00 pm

Encaustic Retreats in Maine

You too can study with the amazing Kim Bernard! Her encaustic retreats are full this year, but you can still sign up for her workshop on Creative and Professional Practice on Star Island. September 2-4.

I will be joining Kim as her encaustic workshop assistant at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport September 14-20. If you don't hear from me during that time it's because she's got me elbow-deep in encaustics! Don't miss the opportunity to study with this stellar artist. Sign up for her workshops before they sell out. 

As always, thank you for your interest and continued support!
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