I create porcelain and mixed media installations, and sculptural book objects. Most of my recent work revolves around ideas of neuroscience and our DNA, specifically the use of pharmaceuticals as they physically change us over time and how touching materials and each other can also change our body chemistry.
In addition to my object / installation work, I started a project of the senses called, “Touch in Real Time”, a multi-year project that is part social engagement and part scientific research. I explore the power of touch using clay in the form of a human handshake, where I then hold on to the hand for 20-30 seconds, the time it takes for the social bonding hormone oxytocin to be released in our bodies. I am collecting handshakes across the country and then working with a neuroscience team in Pittsburgh, PA. It ends with a series of exhibitions at galleries and museums.
Holly Hanessian creates work that explores the crossroads of our DNA and the environment that are influenced by our daily experiences. Her artwork is a hybrid of design, craft and contemporary art, in various media including installations and artist’s books, both of which use text along with other narrative ideas.
Images of her artwork are found in books, magazines and here at www.hollyhanessian.com. She is also a member of www.Artaxis.org and www.accessCeramics.org, two internationally juried websites of contemporary ceramic artists.
Holly is a professor of art and the area head of the ceramics program at Florida State University. She recently created a new focus on 3D ceramic printing and a Ceramics + Digital Program. Her vision in educating students embraces a future where ceramic printing and traditional practices are combined with intellectual rigor.