Hannah Taggart

Hannah Taggart

Bristol, United Kingdom

About Hannah Taggart

I create sculpture, installations, animation, film, drawings and sound pieces.

For inspiration I look to: Susie Templeton, Caroline Leaf, Yuri Norstein, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Susan Hiller, Louise Bourgeois and Tove Jansson.

I'm currently creating a stop motion animation 'Heirlooms', which is about a group of children who are haunted by the faceless ghost of Peg Prowler.

The voyeuristic aspect of my work may stem from a childhood wish to gain access to restricted spaces (such as a hidden room in a dollhouse).

My work involves the frustration of being prevented from fulfilling wishes, by only allowing glimpses of these inaccessible worlds. By creating intricate, small worlds I am suggesting the desire to retreat from something threatening like society.

Yet I am also interested in the contradictions and conflict this inspires; it appears that by reducing the world to a small and repetitious environment you create a sense of safety, but perhaps all you are doing is internalising the initial threat.

Images such as rats eating from dining room tables not only evoke feelings of disgust but of childish play. I am perhaps attempting to control fragile memories and perceptions of childhood built on cardboard foundations.

The structures I create are deliberately insecure, unsound, in order to summon up an atmosphere of unease, this is a fragile world that could topple down at any moment. Cardboard is also interesting to work with, as it is often viewed as a 'poor' material, only salvaged by the dispossessed.






Education

The University of Gloucestershire,UK. BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture 2001-2004.

The University of Gloucestershire,UK. Diploma in Foundation Studies(Art and Design) 2000-2001.

Events

High Fest International Performing Arts Festival
Hovannes Tumanyan Puppet Theatre, Yerevan, Armenia. 5/10/18. Animated sequence for the Nu Nu Theatre's production 'Bandit'.

'Hamlet Pomana' exhibition
City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
31/10/17 - 3/11/17

Short animated sequence included in the Nu Nu Theatre's production of 'Bandit'. Richard Hamilton Building. Oxford Brookes University. 9th of November, 2016 12:00- 13:30.

Gothenburg Fringe Festival. Short animated sequence included in the Nu Nu Theatre's production of "Bandit". Frilagret, HEURLINS PLATS 1, 413 01 Göteborg. Aug 20th 2016 17:00 - 18:00. Won 'Biggest Face Punch' Award for uncompromisingly capturing the essence of oppression.

Frilagret, HEURLINS PLATS 1, 413 01 Göteborg

Short animated sequence included in the Nu Nu Theatre's presentation of "Bandit".
White Theatre, Bristol University, UK. 23rd and 24th February 2016.

"House Ache Horse" stop motion music video created for MenDiamler. Ashton Court Festival. Bristol, UK. July 2007.

"Art On The Railings street festival". Albermarle Row, Hotwells, Bristol, UK. 16 June 2007.


Exhibitions

''Discardboard'
17th-27th January 2014
Forecentre-plus
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DS

"Mysteryland"
Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester,
M15 5ZA, UK. 8th - 22nd December 2012.

"Nakasungnak" created for "The Travellers Box" online project. thetravellersbox.org April 2011.

"The Gallery Behind the Pillar Presents Hannah Taggart". Marie Curie Cancer Care, Gloucester Road, Bristol. October 2009.

"Magick". Thelondonunderground, Studios Cafe, Kentish Town, 46 Grafton Road, London NW5 3DU17. Dec 2008.

"Post Cards From Darwin". Exeter Phoenix, Bradnich Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3L5.
Nov-21 Dec 2007.

"Things That Go Bump in the Night'. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. St Johns Church, Church Square, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TB. Sep - 1 Dec 2007.

"Ghosts of Borley" (solo show) The Here Gallery, Stokes Croft, Bristol, UK. 6 - 27 March 2007.

"154 Autumn Exhibition" Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, UK. 5 Nov - 16 Dec 2006.

ILLUSTRATIONS

"Heirlooms & Other Ghost Stories" written by James Stoorie. Lethmachen Press. 2015

"In the Confidence of the Night" written by James Scott. Included in the anthology 'Loss' published by Inkermen Press. 2009.

"Face in the Curtains" written by James Scott. Included in the anthology "Lands End" Published by Inkermen Press. 2008.

"Heirlooms" written by James Scott. Included in the anthology "Green and Unpleasant Land" Published by Inkermenpress. 2008.

"Show Your Bones" art work included in the album sleeve by the "Yeah Yeah Yeahs". Copyright by Polydor Ltd(UK). March 2006.

"The Just Maybe...Stories" written by James Scott, published by Inkermen. Jan-March 2006.