Selected works by Hannah Sawtell

Hannah Sawtell
Swap Meet (Blue Muscle Mix) Optic

2011

Lacquered bent steel, toughened glass, window decal, rubber and cork dividers, fixings

75.5 x 71 x 24 cm

With their smoothly lacquered steel frames, their toughened glass, their decals and their rubber fittings, the displays remind me of the upscale signage we increasingly find in our banks and pharmacies: burnished crowd-proof metal armatures guarding billboard posters pulsating with Material Promise.

Hannah Sawtell
Degreasor In The Province Of Accumulation 3

2011

Bent lacquered steel, phosphate acid, section of billboard poster on 'blue back' paper, magnets

148 x 153 x 30 cm

The fragmented images which display themselves on Hannah Sawtell’s shelf-like structures seem so confident of their place and the clarity of their collective message that we can only assume they are part and parcel of a slick advertising campaign for a product that our pathetic brains are as yet incapable of grasping.

Hannah Sawtell
Degreasor In The Province Of Accumulation 4

2011

Bent lacquered steel, phosphate acid, archival laser print on 'blue back' paper, magnets

146 x 136 x 30 cm
Hannah Sawtell
Degreasor In The Province Of Accumulation 6

2011

Bent lacquered steel, phosphate acid, archival laser print on 'blue black' paper, magnets

160 x 155 x 20 cm
Hannah Sawtell
Swapmeet (Al-Bahr Al-Mayyit Mix) Optic

2011

Lacquered bent steel, glass, window decal, rubber dividers, tape, fixings

107 x 78 x 25 cm

But Sawtell’s chilling assemblies aren’t imaginary: all of their components are the stuff of the real world – industrial softwares and hardwares from “The Contemporary Global Arcade”. It’s all out there (and in here) for the taking, in “The Province of Accumulation”. And what better way, Sawtell suggests, than to let the picture machines do the taking and the making – “All image capture, manipulation or slicing is made by the screen used as a lens.”

Text by William A Ewing


Other Resources

hannahsawtell.org.uk
Artist's Website - Hannah Sawtell

artmonthly.co.uk
'The baroque-style interior and intimate setting of The Gate cinema provided a fitting frame for Hannah Sawtell's Entroludes 1-6, 2010, six short films whose imagery, mainly culled from the internet, enfolds to create semi-abstract assemblages that perform in virtual space with uncanny alacrity.'
Mariah Walsh on the artist's contribution to Serpentine Cinema.

re-title.com
Hannah Sawtell's work proposes an engagement with means of production and the way form and image is disseminated. Works are sometimes deployed as 'Swiftian' observations, but often feel like odes to the forced bittersweet evolution of use value. Sawtell teases out the vacillating beauty and numb homogeneity of the current.
Additional information about the artist - Hannah Sawtell

royalacademy.org
Exhibition information - Hannah Sawtell

artslant.com
Additional images and exhibition information- Hannah Sawtell.

theislandarts.org
Additional artwork- Hannah Sawtell.

artfacts.net
Additional information- Hannah Sawtell.