Statement+Biography

Plus Personal Profiles

 
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Statement

We create interactive moving mosaics from aluminum cans which we collect from friends, relatives, strangers, and garbage cans. Days, and sometimes months, go into the collecting, planning, and fabrication of our art work. We use a variety of hole-punchers and a hammer and nails to mount the aluminum discs to plywood in a grid pattern that creates the glimmering textile effect of our pieces. Each loosely-mounted disc retains the original color, pattern or graphic from the actual can - we do not paint them.

We use aluminum cans in our art work due to their abundance and their relative ease of manipulation. Utilizing cans allows us to do our part to the help the environment while creating something beautiful. Mounting discs in a grid formation answers our need to convey a sense of structure and organization, a desire which stems from our design backgrounds. The inherent movement of the discs creates a level of versatility for the patron, allowing for daily interaction and ever-changing light reflectivity. They are so sensitive to motion, they will move in the imperceptible breeze of a fan or vent, the stirring of air as someone walks past, and even with the vibration of a surround sound music system. Our pieces are designed to be displayed indoors, not outdoors.

 
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Biography

Hannah Dreiss & Nemo are self-proclaimed Eco-Folk Artists, who create textile-like interactive mosaic assemblages from common materials – wood, nails, and discarded aluminum cans. Utilizing low-tech tools such as hole-punchers and hammers, the couple transforms common beverage cans into reflective, multi-colored, flickering tapestries that seem to move of their own accord.

Hannah & Nemo’s use of aluminum cans correlates with their compulsion to recycle and conserve in every aspect of their life, but has evolved into a representation of the conflict between consumerism and environmentalism, depicting what is essentially a time capsule of contemporary graphic design. By utilizing hundreds of tiny fragmented details from aluminum can graphics, the couple hopes to give their audience an appreciation for the fleeting beauty of the everyday mundane that might otherwise be lost to history.

Part-time residents of the Texas Hill Country and full-time van dwellers, the couple have been making art since 2004. Although not formally trained in art, Hannah & Nemo have been influenced by their study of architecture, incorporating elements of design theory such as color, pattern, space, texture, repetition, and movement to articulate their aesthetic concept through traditional construction techniques.

 
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Meet Nemo

  • Half Founding Artist, Half Maintenance Man, Half Peanut Gallery Director, Nemo has been an artist since 2001.

  • Nemo’s dedication to repetitive tasks, combined with a no nonsense approach to creating, has made it possible to thrive in the art business where many have failed.

  • Nemo is driven by his strong desire to punch aluminum discs and hammer lots and lots of tiny nails. He also enjoys knitting, guitar playing, and searching for the perfect espresso.

  • Nemo’s personal mantras - "Eat dessert first.” & “Always speak the truth.”

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Meet Hannah

  • Artist, Designer, Technical Coordinator, & Feline Servant, Hannah began her focus on the art business around 2010.

  • Hannah’s capacity for multi-tasking and her detail oriented laser focus have allowed the couple to live the dream of the successful artist.

  • Hannah loves to set and define goals, and methodically work toward them, especially when refining their design offerings. She also enjoys healthy cooking, gardening and composting.

  • Hannah’s catch-phrase - “Just because they’ve always done it that way, doesn’t mean we have to do it that way.”

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Meet Mr. Biskit

  • Best Kitty in the Whole Wide World, Cutie Patootie, Emotional Support Cat, & Pest Control. Mr. Biskit joined H+N in 2017.

  • Mr. Biskit has a knack for always finding the sunny spot, dictates when to take breaks, and provides a free wake-up call every morning at 5am.

  • Mr. Biskit runs on organic food, napping, and chasing anything that moves. He prefers running water or stagnant water, but nothing in between.

  • Mr. Biskit’s motto - “Let’s get some work done, but first…a nap.”