BIO / Artist Statement
Hanna Kostanski is a Polish-born Canadian artist who obtained her BFA from OCAD University in 2007 and currently resides in Hamilton. Her work can be found in dozens of private and public collections.
For nearly a decade my work has been focused on the visible passage of time, experienced through the exploration and documentation of abandoned and decaying buildings in cities like Hamilton and Detroit. I have always been fascinated with historical architecture, specifically how we interact with our buildings and structures, and what happens when that interaction ceases to exist.
My current body of work continues to explore the connection between people and their environment, but with a focus on historical representations of that relationship. To that end, I have been working on a series of paintings based on photographs found at the City of Toronto Public Archive. These images span several decades and are nostalgic of the city as it used to be. They celebrate the many past incarnations of Toronto, and the ways in which people helped to shape it. In contrast to my previous collections, which embodied the loneliness of an environment in the absence of human touch, this body of work celebrates vibrant interaction in a city of the past.