Amelia Hankin's current body of drawings reference the superstitious beliefs that emerge in our everyday, from stepping on cracks in the sidewalks to opening an umbrella indoors. We find ourselves unwilling to take chances on these habits, engrained from childhood, despite how irrational they may be. Through repetitive imagery rendered in fine detail, Hankin questions the tipping point between harmless acts of routine and the human obsessiveness with order, manifested in these rituals.
The patterns which emerge in her mark-making act as a parallel to the layers of control we assert on our lives. The meticulousness of the artist's hand is clear in the delicacy of her lines. With careful discipline, she defines each individual fiber on a feather, every crease and crinkle on a piece of paper. The subtle underlying prints, and the variable opacities with which she draws her objects, build depth and overlapping planes that create the illusion of layering. She presents her drawings as a visualization of her own attempts at achieving harmony in her mind.
Her recent work uses common objects that have been assigned meaning and purpose by superstition: folded paper that predicts the future, feathers that catch our dreams. By the impositions of context and tradition, these images form connections with birth, regeneration, and death. Brought together, they acknowledge the microcosmic forces outside of our authority, which impact our lives in small, but tangible ways.