“If I were going to use watercolor, then I would have had a plethora of colors to choose from and that’s not interesting to me,” she said. “I use the colors in a way I find is interesting, but I don’t think I want to have it be about painting.”
Instead, she wanted to stick with the purity of her selection of chemicals.
“With the extended color palette, this allowed me some more complexity in the designs and a variety,” she added.
When she first began her salt drawings, she was more grid-like in her design approach, at times depicting series of salt crystals on paper as if they were scientific specimens, like insects on display.
With her “Imperfect” pieces, Hanson said she was drawn to creating a series of mandalas, a spiritual and ritual symbol, a repetition of circular shapes and spirals, important in Hinduism and Buddhism.
“I wanted to use (mandalas) because they have been forms associated with good, positive energy. I wanted to send that energy out into the world,” she said of the artworks, which she hopes evoke a sense of peace for the viewer.
“I think that when you slow down and look at the work, sometimes that allows for other thoughts to come in your mind.”
Hanson’s “Imperfect” exhibition is one of three TopSpin shows on display at the Castellani Museum each year. The series highlights emerging artists in the Western New York region, giving them “an opportunity to have a museum exhibition early in their career so it enables them to get more exhibitions in the future,” Beam said.
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IF YOU GO
• WHAT: "Imperfect" by Jody Hanson, part of the TopSpin series
• WHEN: Through Jan. 12
• WHERE: Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University
• MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org or call 286-8200