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Johan Hagaman: Far Away and Up Close, Too

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She Saw Flight in Her, concrete and found objects, 5" x 36"
March 7, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Art Case, C Waiting Lounge

Born in Southern Indiana, Johan Hagaman is a sculptor who currently lives and works in Nashville, Tenn. After earning both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in English and Education from Indiana University, she joined the Peace Corps where Hagaman taught in a remote village in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The native African art and crafts inspired her to begin to create art herself, using materials not commonly associated with fine art, such as cement. This subsequently led her to concentrate most of her career in sculpture. She has work included in public and private collections, as well as the permanent collections of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Bridgestone/Firestone, Bell South, Tennessee State Museum and Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.

About Far Away and Up Close, Too
Hagaman states, “It has been said that the act of observation is linked to the ‘reality’ observed–that we can create our own reality. This has been an ongoing inquiry in my work: how we see, how we see what we want to see, and how this determines how we shape ourselves, and what seeks to emerge. Being covered in vines or leaves or birds – a metaphor that has become a dominate theme in my work for some time – is both about paying close attention to what is around us, and also about stepping back for perspective on how our level of focus determines how we shape and are shaped by our world and tied to it in a circle of reciprocity.”

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