Hannah Epstein is a folk-media artist from Halifax, currently based in Toronto. Her work primarily focuses on using video games, video art and textiles as tools of satire. By claiming and re-mixing pop-culture icons and imagery she using bottom-up story telling techniques to re-shape popular discourse.
Mass Text uses the technique of rug hooking, where a framework of burlap supports the materials used to construct a tactile image. There is a parallel between square grids of the burlap and the pixel framework of computer screens. The subject is drawn from the pixel art movement, which makes no pretence of hiding the gridding and mapping of the digital screen, and the ASCII movement which employs keyboard characters to create a variety of images (For example: [insert epsteinImage.jpg here]). This type of re-working of the keyboard is predominantly visible in texting, as increasingly complex expressions are found in the creative use of special characters and letters. “Mass Text” translates my personal favourite ASCII gestures, the double finger face, into it’s tactile form through rug hooking. Furthermore, the sentiment which seems akin to “fuck the world”, makes a loud statement as the technological translates into the physical.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.