BA (Hons) Fine Art
Compelled to pinpoint the tumultuous transition between adolescence and adulthood, Hannah Wilkinson illustrates textile work rich in 2000s nostalgia. Drawing inspiration from youth and the hazy, distorted memory banks tainted by trauma, Wilkinson utilises the iconic colour palette of stereotypical girlhood to outline links between the emergence of early-onset mental illness and the adolescent experience. Presenting imagery so familiar, yet so distant, the tactile embroidered pieces provide a snapshot into a near-distant past through references to toys, brands and popular culture.
Her practice combines the trauma-induced nature of personality disorders and identity conflicts, aiming to soothe them by travelling back to the time period of the source of discomfort and representing these seemingly defining experiences with friendly, colourful and soft aesthetics. Hannah Wilkinson also runs website Soft Construction, showcasing and critiquing craft practice in an art environment.