ART OPENING “Hannah Bender: Flammable” and “Maddie Casagranda: Made Especially for You” at UH Elgin Street Studios

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ART OPENING “Hannah Bender: Flammable” and “Maddie Casagranda: Made Especially for You” at UH Elgin Street Studios

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


ON VIEW MARCH 18–29, 2024: University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts presents “Hannah Bender: Flammable” and “Maddie Casagranda: Made Especially for You” in Galleries 1 & 2 at Elgin Street Studios.

Hannah Bender is a MFA Painting candidate in the School of Art. Layer upon layer, Bender’s work is collective of image, pattern, texture, and color that reflect a vibrant and maximalist nature. As a painter and printmaker, her practice focuses on exploring and combining methods of image making and mark making into layers to devise energetic compositions and color palettes. Through the use of paint and ink, bright color is utilized to its fullest in orchestrating dynamic and busy prints and paintings. Oftentimes, Hannah uses processes of image creation such as stencil making, either through a silkscreen with ink or through cut paper with spray paint, to enhance her creative process of working in layers. These layers can stem from photographic references, mark making, and experimental applications of color.

IMAGE: “big silk fan” by Hannah Bender, 2024; acrylic, spray paint, and toner on silk organza, 38 x 30 in.

Maddie Casagranda, MFA Photography & Digital Media candidate in the School of Art, addresses the devaluation of care work and the layers of societal expectations that affect mothers in her exhibition “Made Especially For You.” Working across textile, photography and installation, the artist reflects on the systemic erosion of communal support, leaving mothers isolated in a competitive landscape. In the absence of a supportive village and equitable structures, the pursuit of rest becomes a radical act of defiance. The work confronts the systemic failings of a society that imposes unrealistic expectations on women, fragmenting our identities into competing roles of caregiver, professional, and beauty ideal. This work is a way to both honor maternal labor and critique and question the roles and acts of care we perform as women, and to remind the viewer that much of our society is functioning on the shoulders of unpaid, unseen and gendered labor.


March 21
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Elgin Street Studios – Galleries 1 & 2 (UH Campus)
4224 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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