Steel City Skeletons at the Heart of the Hammer


The grass is not always greener. Hanna Kostanski, a Hamiltonian with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design, is inspired by urban landscapes. Her textured paintings of the abandoned architecture of Detroit capture the feelings of our own steel town tremors; a sadness mixed with optimism, decay usurping grandeur.

Hanna Kostanski was born in Szczecin, Poland in 1983 and came to Hamilton with her family in 1988. She has nurtured “a lifelong relationship of active observation and interaction with my surroundings. My experiences with landscape have allowed me to distill my aesthetic choices and forced me to recognize the environment as fragile, volatile, and constantly changing. My current body of work references the role of memory in the amended landscape, exploring a personal retelling of the experienced environment.”

Hanna’s work, Still Standing: Detroit, January 2009 to January 2010 can be seen at the Heart of the Hammer Cafe until March 31st 2011.


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