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Rebecca Hannon, Assistant Professor

 "Rebecca Hannon’s work, a bit like the jeweler herself, is perched between nesting and Fernweh, longing for faraway places.
Despite their apparent domesticity—delicate wisps of lace gingerly clasped in their beaks—her birds are furtively mapping their future migratory routes, stealthily dreaming up late-night outings in seedy harbors where warm air is filled with colorful chirping, flowers are brim-full of nectar, and the sound of lonely lovers’ serenades mingles with drunken banter of sailors tumbling out of bars. If these birds sleep, their telegraph-wire naps are as brief as Morse-code messages.

But this Fernweh is not just a tentative path in space, a woodsy fern-way lined with subtropical greens once lush and now taking cautious steps toward unperturbed fossildom. It is a form of time travel, both introspective and historical. Woven into long strands of horse hair—more than a nod to private Victorian obsessions with finitude—are communication wires connecting past and present. That is why, when Rebecca’s birds fly above us, they mirthfully survey the European rooftops of her earlier works."

                                                                                               ~Yuliya Komska


About Rebecca Hannon
Rebecca Hannon graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and then worked as a goldsmith for five years in New York City before attending the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste in Munich, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship.

Five years later she returned to North America and currently teaches, lectures and has her own workshop.

Her work can be found in public and private collections internationally.

In her work, she strives to create evocative objects that double as fine souvenirs. Place and time are documented through the process of making. A fleeting memory, a lost bauble or an everyday object are refashioned to create a small celebratory ornament.

“I work in series and find each new grouping a challenge to create tension between the story, and the right medium to evoke meaning. Materials are endless; one must search and then concentrate to find the subtle message found in an object.”

Rebecca Hannon Showcase - Camino Neckpiece

Camino Neckpiece
Hand cut rubber.

 Rebecca Hannon Showcase - Maze

Maze brooch
Silver, laminate.

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