My name is Hannah Batren, I am undergrad at Mason Gross Rutgers University.
I am an abstract painter exploring sculptural and social spaces through paint and installation.
Background Illustrations provided by: http://edison.rutgers.edu/

No one has ever seen the bench like this… This was the first try. Before Patrick Strzelec came in on the second, of my three days, of installation and said what the hell is wrong with you. I love Patrick and he was right. It is very hard to separate yourself and think clearly in a situation like thesis. Being in a show of 16 artists is overwhelming, having this be the first time I have ever organized a show is overwhelming, making sculpture for the first time is overwhelming, and showing work that never had a final crit before the show is overwhelming. Thesis is overwhelmingly amazing. This is when everything was getting ready to be driven from the Livingston Art Building to the Civic Square Building. I had vigorously lint rolled all of my pieces and then covered them in plastic.

I am so glad no one ever saw the bench like that….

Making the bench and the big V piece were definitely some of my proudest moments in undergrad. I never thought I would be making the work I ended up creating. Also no one ever saw all the intricate wood working that went into that bench! I covered it in the end, but it was beautiful. And the V piece was a great accomplishment for myself because it is the largest piece I have made, and it was one that I made by myself from start to finish. I of course had some help because I am a little too short to do it by myself. But construction-wise, I did it. It’s even more upsetting to see it like this because now all that is left is what I could possibly use again in the future. I have the two pieces of plywood and the two frames I made. The depressing truth about making sculpture (especially big or heavy sculpture) in undergrad, most of it gets thrown out. Juried shows have weight and height limits…

"An Art For An Art" is now going on this week at the Civic Square Building at Mason Gross in the 2nd floor project space. I need participants to make it work so please stop by and take a look! THANKKKSSS

"An Art For An Art" is now going on this week at the Civic Square Building at Mason Gross in the 2nd floor project space. I need participants to make it work so please stop by and take a look! THANKKKSSS