relandscaped mind (2021)
Oil on canvas
42 x 53 inches
This painting represents the magical, lush space that is your mind. It touches on themes of radical imagining, new horizons, growing and cultivating a new mental state. I see the characters here as having reclaimed their inner power and declared their own state of mind–one that is profoundly abundant. It represents the rich earth of your innermost being. It also reminds me of some kind of post-apocalyptic world, where the women depicted have found a new place to set up home and establish a new way of being. This painting is included in my show an exit from this room and others like it at Ochi Projects that opens on March 27, 2021. The show is a meditation on this concept that you choose the thoughts that stay in your mind and what you give your mental energy to and therein lies your own power. Together, the pieces from the show work to serve as a visual narrative of the liberation of one's mind.
Hana Ward is a painter and ceramicist from Los Angeles, Calif. Ward’s paintings often touch on themes of liberation, introspection and diaspora. Through her landscape paintings, Ward documents focal yet disappearing parts of her native city while her portraits often depict women navigating various layers of their consciousness. Her work has been described as, “sometimes sad, sometimes funny but always intriguingly equivocal” by ArtNews.
Ward’s recent solo exhibitions include “what was there all along” (2020) at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles, and “sing about me” (2019) at Harun Gallery in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include “Mutual Friends” (2020) in Oakland, Calif., “Giant Robot Post-It Show (2019) and “Animating the Archives” (2017) in Los Angeles. Ward’s upcoming show “an exit from this room and others like it” opens March 2021 at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles.
Artist Q + A
Curated by Eva Recinos
"For this project, I wanted to ask artists to think about the natural motifs that are taking their attention during this unprecedented time—and how they might be influencing their creative process. How do we learn from the regenerative qualities of nature? What has the tree seen in all its years of living?"