Picturing Evanston

Heather Hancock

  What brought you to Evanston?  We moved here from Canada in the mid-1990s. I was working in healthcare as a speech language pathologist at the time and my husband, Cam, was studying at Northwestern. We found an amazing community of friends and are still here 25 years later.   How does your environment inform your art?  Evanston is the perfect balance of nature and city for me. With the lake, our urban forest, concrete and architecture, it’s all here. I love finding moments of beauty and surprise in the everyday. Beyond defining my own aesthetics, Evanston is a great place to be a working artist. I have an ever-growing network of fellow creative entrepreneurs and artists, mentors and collectors.

What brought you to Evanston?
We moved here from Canada in the mid-1990s. I was working in healthcare as a speech language pathologist at the time and my husband, Cam, was studying at Northwestern. We found an amazing community of friends and are still here 25 years later.

How does your environment inform your art?
Evanston is the perfect balance of nature and city for me. With the lake, our urban forest, concrete and architecture, it’s all here. I love finding moments of beauty and surprise in the everyday. Beyond defining my own aesthetics, Evanston is a great place to be a working artist. I have an ever-growing network of fellow creative entrepreneurs and artists, mentors and collectors.

  What is your medium?  I work with glass. Glass is uniquely responsive--even a tiny glimmer of light brings glass to life. There’s this contradiction of glass being both fragile and impossibly strong. The interplay of glass and light is so ephemeral but the pieces themselves are enduring.   Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.  I use the ancient medium of glass as a conceptual tool to explore ideas about mind, place and information. I came to my art practice via a career in healthcare. Working for more than a decade in Chicago area hospitals gave me a deep understanding of the importance of our surroundings to our well-being: people thrive in engaging environments. Alongside the hard lines and repetitive forms of our cityscape, I notice the fluidity and constant transformations in our natural world. These moments fascinate me and I try to re-create them in my work.

What is your medium?
I work with glass. Glass is uniquely responsive--even a tiny glimmer of light brings glass to life. There’s this contradiction of glass being both fragile and impossibly strong. The interplay of glass and light is so ephemeral but the pieces themselves are enduring.

Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
I use the ancient medium of glass as a conceptual tool to explore ideas about mind, place and information. I came to my art practice via a career in healthcare. Working for more than a decade in Chicago area hospitals gave me a deep understanding of the importance of our surroundings to our well-being: people thrive in engaging environments. Alongside the hard lines and repetitive forms of our cityscape, I notice the fluidity and constant transformations in our natural world. These moments fascinate me and I try to re-create them in my work.

  What are you currently working on?  I am currently exploring line and textures found in the cityscape. Glass comes to life with light and motion, reflecting the energy of the streetscape and creating ephemeral moments of surprise and discovery. I am also working on a biophilic concept exploring points of intersection between city and nature.   Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.  I’ve always been drawn to materials and dimensional work. Seeing century old mosaics in Europe absolutely blew my mind and started my 15 year quest to do something completely contemporary with the ancient medium of glass. These days I notice architectural lines and textures. Looking up at a Mies van der Rohe building is always a thrill.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently exploring line and textures found in the cityscape. Glass comes to life with light and motion, reflecting the energy of the streetscape and creating ephemeral moments of surprise and discovery. I am also working on a biophilic concept exploring points of intersection between city and nature.

Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
I’ve always been drawn to materials and dimensional work. Seeing century old mosaics in Europe absolutely blew my mind and started my 15 year quest to do something completely contemporary with the ancient medium of glass. These days I notice architectural lines and textures. Looking up at a Mies van der Rohe building is always a thrill.

  Why art?  Art engages and challenges us. Art helps us notice and process the world around us. Art helps us imagine the unknown and make new connections. We need art.   Heather’s website    www.heatherhancock.com     Instagram   @heatherhancock.art.studio

Why art?
Art engages and challenges us. Art helps us notice and process the world around us. Art helps us imagine the unknown and make new connections. We need art.

Heather’s website
www.heatherhancock.com

Instagram
@heatherhancock.art.studio

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