Miya Hannan / Academic Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Current Rank: Assistant Professor     
Date of Current Rank: July 2016 
College/Department: College of Liberal Arts / Art

Reserach Statement
CV
Studio Works
Projects
Exhibitions
Artist's Statement

Studio Works

(2016–Present)

2018–Present 

The current body of work is inspired by the process of burning. Burning, which appears in many Japanese rituals including cremation, changes physical forms to the transient. The Law of Conservation of Mass states that mass may change forms but can neither be created nor destroyed. Similarly, the dead stay with the living in the form of memory, story, knowledge, and genetic code. Every dead person exists around us in some way, creating layers of rich histories that enhance our lives. My work depicts my view of death as another form of being alive. 

Uncertain Certainty series

Uncertain Certainty 2
Uncertain Certainty 2

Soot on paper, 40" x 30", 2020

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Uncertain Certainty 1
Uncertain Certainty 1

Used Chair, 40" x 23", 2020

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Uncertain Certainty 9
Uncertain Certainty 9

Soot on paper, 40" x 30", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 8
Uncertain Certainty 8

Used Chair, 34" x 19", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 7
Uncertain Certainty 7

Soot on paper, 40" x 30", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 6
Uncertain Certainty 6

Used Chair, 37" x 18", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 5
Uncertain Certainty 5

Soot on paper, 40" x 30", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 4
Uncertain Certainty 4

Soot on paper, 40" x 30", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 3
Uncertain Certainty 3

Used Chair, 34" x 16", 2021

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Uncertain Certainty 10
Uncertain Certainty 10

Used Chair, 33" x 17", 2021

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Beneath the Feet series 

2295-26 Chikami Machi
2295-26 Chikami Machi

Watercolor on paper, phonebooks, soot, and wood; 35" x 23"; 2019

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12985 Broili Dr
12985 Broili Dr

Watercolor on paper, phonebooks, soot, and wood; 35" x 23"; 2019

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4051 Mt Bross Ave
4051 Mt Bross Ave

Watercolor on paper, phonebooks, soot, and wood; 35" x 23"; 2019

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2942 Franklin St
2942 Franklin St

Watercolor on paper, phonebooks, soot, and wood; 35" x 23"; 2019

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2727 De Anza Rd
2727 De Anza Rd

Watercolor on paper, phonebooks, soot, and wood; 35" x 23"; 2019

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Beneath the Feet 6
Beneath the Feet 6

Watercolor on paper, phonebooks, soot; 25" x 16"; 2020

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Release of Memories 1 - 15

Release of Memories 7
Release of Memories 7

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 6
Release of Memories 6

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 8
Release of Memories 8

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 9
Release of Memories 9

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 10
Release of Memories 10

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 11
Release of Memories 11

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 12
Release of Memories 12

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 13
Release of Memories 13

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 14
Release of Memories 14

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 15
Release of Memories 15

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 1
Release of Memories 1

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 2
Release of Memories 2

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 3
Release of Memories 3

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 4
Release of Memories 4

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Release of Memories 5
Release of Memories 5

Paper, phonebooks, soot, wood; 21" x 9"; 2019

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Layers to Grids 1 - 7

Layers to Grids 7
Layers to Grids 7

Phonebook, watercolor, pigment, paper, wood; 10" x 10" each; 2018

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Layers to Grids 5
Layers to Grids 5

Phonebooks, watercolor, pigment, marker, paper, wood; 10" x 10" each; 2018

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Layers to Grids 1
Layers to Grids 1

Phonebooks, ash, ceramics, fabric, pigment, paper, wood; 10" x 10" each; 2018

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Layers to Grids 3
Layers to Grids 3

Phonebooks, ceramics, pigment, paper, wood; 10" x 10" each; 2018

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Layers to Grids 2
Layers to Grids 2

Phonebook, watercolor, marker, pigment, paper, wood; 10" x 10" each; 2018

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Layers to Grids 4
Layers to Grids 4

Phonebooks, ceramics, animal bone, pigment, paper, wood; 10" x 10" each; 2018

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Layers to Grids 6
Layers to Grids 6

Phonebook, watercolor, pigment, paper, wood; 9" x 9" each; 2018

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Ladder Series 

Upon Leaves
Upon Leaves

Phonebooks, found cabinet doors, wood, thread; 16' x 4' x 7'; 2019

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Upon Leaves (detail)
Upon Leaves (detail)

Phonebooks, found cabinet doors, wood, thread; 16' x 4' x 7'; 2019

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Upon Leaves (detail)
Upon Leaves (detail)

Phonebooks, found cabinet doors, wood, thread; 16' x 4' x 7'; 2019

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Unearthed Causes
Unearthed Causes

Phonebooks, found cabinet doors, wood, jars; 4' x 4' x 4'; 2019

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Unearthed Causes (detail)
Unearthed Causes (detail)

Phonebooks, found cabinet doors, wood, jars; 4' x 4' x 4'; 2019

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Unearthed Causes (deatil)
Unearthed Causes (deatil)

Phonebooks, found cabinet doors, wood, jars; 4' x 4' x 4'; 2019

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2016–2018

This body of work is inspired by cremation urns. In Japan, almost all people cremate their bodies, and urns are the destination of remains. When one's remains come from a crematorium, their relatives pick up the remains one by one with chopsticks and place them in an urn. This is an important ritual that provides relatives time to say goodbye. The shape of an urn reminds me of the body, and putting remains back into the shell of the body seems to me to be ritualistic, as well.   

The Story of the Sphenoid Bone

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sophenoid5-1600-2
sophenoid5-1600-2

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Ceramics, epoxy, bone ash, ash on paper;

12' x 32' x 22' (the size varies depending on space); 2017-18

Photo by Frances Melhop

This installation consists of three parts. On the floor, there are cremation urns within the field of bone ash. On the surface of the urns, human bones are attached, looking like coming out from or going into the urns. From the ceiling, many sphenoid bones, one of the skull bones shaped like a butterfly, are hung looking like they are flying. All the wall space in the room are covered with drawings. The drawing contains many sphenoid bone shapes burnt out from paper.    

Conversations 1 - 3

Conversations 2
Conversations 2

Ceramics, plastic, paper; 40" x 22" x 18"; 2017

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Conversations 1
Conversations 1

Ceramics, plastic, paper; 40" x 22" x 18"; 2017

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Conversations 3
Conversations 3

Ceramics, plastic, paper; 40" x 22" x 18"; 2017

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Forms 1 - 4

Forms 4
Forms 4

Watercolor, spray paint, pins on paper; 32" x 41" each; 2017

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Forms 4 (detail)
Forms 4 (detail)
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Forms 3
Forms 3

Watercolor, spray paint, pins on paper; 32" x 41" each; 2017

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Forms 2
Forms 2

Watercolor, spray paint, pins on paper; 32" x 41" each; 2017

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Forms 1
Forms 1

Watercolor, spray paint, pins on paper; 32" x 41" each; 2017

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Urn Series 

Stories of the Urn 2
Stories of the Urn 2

Charcoal and watercolor on paper; 41" x 26"; 2017

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Stories of the Urn 1
Stories of the Urn 1

Charcoal and watercolor on paper; 41" x 26"; 2017

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Stories of the Urn 3
Stories of the Urn 3

Charcoal and watercolor on paper; 41" x 26"; 2017

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The 15 Urns
The 15 Urns

Charcoal and watercolor on paper; 12" x 18" each; 2017

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