Lot 54     
Alexa Hatanaka


Crusher
2019
linocut print on gampi paper and forged iron ink made by the artist
Artist Proof
20" x 25” framed
Estimate $2,200


Framed by Superframe

Courtesy of the artist and Patel Brown (Toronto)

Alexa Hatanaka’s Crusher depicts the ephemeral, chiseled snow formations in the Arctic, here being altered by the ore extraction. The slow, historic processes of paper-making and hand-printing, both important to Nunavut and Hatanaka’s Japanese heritage, resist against that which threatens our climate, and acutely threatens the arctic. Working primarily in relief printmaking and textile, Hatanaka engages in time-intensive, historic processes that support her thinking around community-building, environment, and what it means to sustain cultural knowledge. Hatanaka is also part of PA System, a collaborative practice with Patrick Thompson, which creates public artwork, painting and video. Recently, PA System has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Toronto Biennial of Art. PA System’s ongoing project, Embassy of Imagination (EOI) circa 2014, is based in Kinngait and works for and with Kinngait youth to create large-scale community projects, centred in collaboration and reciprocal learning. EOI and collaborators are currently completing a project that will be exhibited at the British Museum’s Arctic: Culture and Climate exhibition.

embassyofimagination.com
pasystem.org
patelbrown.com