Historic Apalachicola

Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art


JOHAN HAGAMAN Sculptures on exhibit October 20 through November 12, 2016

ARTIST STATEMENT   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 allow for what seeks to emerge.  I am a collector of often unrelated and ambiguous images, poems, news articles, and ideas –not looking for anything in particular, but noticing patterns that seem to be informing me about my “reality”; and I try to process this by making something formal.  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 our world, and are shaped by and tied to it in a circle of reciprocity.

BIOGRAPHY   Johan Hagaman, born in Southern Indiana, is a sculptor who currently lives and works in Nashville, TN.  After earning both a BA and MS in English and education from Indiana University, she joined the Peace Corps where she 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. She is also the recipient of the Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship for 2005.      






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