Artist Statement

Hannah Gartside has a fabric-based practice with outcomes in sculpture, photography, video and site-specific installation. 

Gartside collects and repurposes everyday materials and detritus such as sleepwear, gloves and cat hair. Drawing from dress-making, costume-making and patchwork-quilting processes her work speaks to personal experiences of intimacy, longing and bereavement. Her work explores feminism and material culture through disrupting codes of femininity, and presenting a way of experiencing the sensuality and multiplicity of the material world. 

In her work Gartside seeks to open space for the viewer’s confusions, desires or embarrassments and to engage the audience beyond a visual or cognitive understanding. Through participation, touch and sense memory her work connects with viewers on a bodily and emotional register.