The Brookline Arts Center presents Was, Might Be by Hanna Vogel, July 28-September 1, 2017.

Hanna Vogel creates immersive installations that invite the viewer to reflect on the space their bodies physically occupy. In Was, Might Be, she uses traditional basketry and hand-papermaking techniques to create cocoon-like forms one can walk among.

“At first glance, they appear voluminously full and heavy, but upon closer inspection, they are empty shells. They are remnants, or perhaps anticipatory vessels of an unspecified transformation,” Vogel explains in her artist statement.

Vogel has exhibited nationally in many states including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Her solo exhibitions include Within Me, Without Me, Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA, 2017; Never Lived Here, Nabolom Collective Bakery, Berkeley, CA, 2011; One Stone, North Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2010; and Evolve, Treadwell Exhibition Space, Oakland, CA, 2009.

In 2016, her work Traces received Best in Show – Silver at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s Art in Clay IV exhibition (Juror: Matt Nolen). That same year, Vogel’s work was selected for two national juried exhibitions: 3rd Coast National at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX (Juror: Sharon Kopriva) and The Clay Studio National at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA (Jurors: Jennifer Zwilling and Elisabeth R. Agro). Vogel’s work also received Best in Show at two juried shows at the CK Gallery in Oakland, CA (The Elephant in the Room and Flying Colors).

Vogel earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and her BFA from the California College of Arts.

A public reception will be held Friday, August 18 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Brookline Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:30 pm and event dependent on Saturday and Sunday.