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HANNAH ANTALEK : Inside Joke, 2020



HANNAH ANTALEK Inside Joke 200 image artist book, marker on paper 11 x 8 1/2 inches Exhibited: Drawn in Books January 31 - March 6, 2021 “Inside Joke” is an artist book conceived as an extension of my painting and drawing practice. My paintings and drawings begin by sifting through my large archive of family photo albums, childhood sketchbooks, cartoon stills, and “90’s nostalgia” Pinterest boards. I am interested in the fallibility of memory as I grapple with these images as evidence of events, actions, entertainment, and consumer products that defined a specific time of my childhood. Revisiting this era in my early development has served as a biographical and cultural lens to analyze my current inclinations towards artmaking. This process also offers respite to simpler times by quelling the anxieties of the present brought on by current-day political, social and economic stresses. “Inside Joke” is a book about nostalgia, however not in the standard definition as having a sentimentality for the past, but rather to have a sentimentality towards a utopian memory that never existed. The work tells a diaristic fiction based on true, deeply personal events while still inviting the viewer in with the universality of everyday events and objects reflective of a middle class American upbringing at the end of the 20th century.

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marker | crayon | pencil


11.00 x 8.50 x 0.50 in | 27.94 x 21.59 x 1.27 cm

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