In dialogue with objects from the McCord Museum's First Peoples collection in Montréal, this digital print is one of a series of photographic prints in which details of beaded objects are reflected, reversed, and multiplied to express new ways of seeing or understanding time and space. The process of creating the image speaks to the process of bead-working and design. The overlay of circular forms creates another layer through which to engage and complicate the rhythm of these inherent relationships.
Hannah Claus examines relationships with memory, space, and time through material exploration in her visual art practice, which reflects her Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and English heritage. Often integrating a collaborative approach into her projects, she highlights the importance of process through repetition and accumulation to express an Indigenous perspective or method. She graduated from the University of Ottawa, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and Concordia University (MFA). She has exhibited widely across Canada, as well as in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Chile, and the United States. Recently artist-in-residence at the McCord Museum in Montréal, Claus has upcoming exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Koffler Gallery (Toronto). As a 2019 Eiteljorg Fellow, she will exhibit newly commissioned works in the Eiteljorg Fellows Exhibition (Indianapolis) this fall. Her artworks are in private and public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Royal Bank of Canada, the City of Montréal, and Global Affairs Canada. She is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario) and has been living and working in Tiohtià:ke [Montréal] since 2001.