Andrea Hannon is a contemporary artist based in South Norfolk. Her work explores pre-existing ideas of gender and how these are perpetuated through language that is conditioned by binary categorisations of understanding (male/female, man/woman, feminine/masculine, subject/object). Drawing from a range of historic and contemporary sources such as encyclopaedias, magazines, books, existing objects and materials, she creates surreal two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that question existing knowledge structures that define us in various ways by our biological sex. Aiming to dismantle existing narratives that set out to continuously reaffirm define and categorise us as one or the other of something.
Through the various mediums of collage, digital media, print and embroidery, her most recent works explore the histories of woman. Her collage works investigate and raise questions of gender in relation to social and biological expectation, considering, in particular, relationships and the masks or roles we adorn to manage them, in light of what is expected of us and projected onto us, as gendered individuals. The print and embroidered works raise questions about women’s roles in relation to production; biological and creative, considering how women throughout history have woven their life experiences into the fabric of creative processes.