Hannah Wilmshurst is fascinated by the daily routines we abide by and the way in which we conduct ourselves. By focusing on the nature of human beings and how we differentiate ourselves from one another, Hannah explores how individuals present a unique identity by observing and recording their characteristics within mundane environments. She seeks to unveil the guise that people strive to keep by catching her subjects off guard, which in turn makes us query why we feel so pressured to protect our identity. Therefore, Hannah questions the role of surveillance other than for purpose of security. By using photography and printing methods, she blurs the boundaries between what is real and illusion by heightening elements of distortion and perspective. Influenced by artists such as Sophie Calle, Martin Parr and Jeff Wall she directly challenges what is considered an acceptable means of observation by pushing the boundaries of photography. Hannah explores the act of looking and exposes feelings of vulnerability for both subject and viewer by revealing our inherent desire to be a voyeur. She juxtaposes moments when her subjects directly confront her role behind the lens with moments when they are blissfully unaware that their identity has been captured.
As human beings, we are controlled by systems, which is reflected in my artwork. The grid heavily controls and formats my design work. I seek to break down concepts to their core translation and place them in a minimal environment. Ranging from redesigning logos, creating original fonts and a variety of alternative publications, I try to stretch ideas so that they can fit into a variety of contexts.