Hana Yilma Godine
As an artist, I pay attention to the commonalities between people and the relationships they have with their environment. My artistic motivations and decisions draw from what I know and what I don’t, my own rational and intuitive observations, and preexisting visual and written languages. I think about painting as a space that mediates time and place, bringing together people from a globalized world and reconciling the past, present, and future into one unified form. Figures are central to my compositions. Their colorful, transparent, and collaged surfaces suggest embedded histories and embodied feelings. My practice has long focused on women—their bodies, as well as their social and societal roles. I work symbolically to communicate the complexity of their lives and see them as a source of life within my paintings.