Who: Hana Ward
Where: Ochi Projects, 3301 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: 27th March - 8th May, 2021
Ochi Projects is pleased to present an exit from this room and others like it, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Hana Ward. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and the work will be on view from March 27th – May 8th, 2021.
Ward’s newest oil paintings and ceramic works offer a visual narrative for what the artist describes as “a liberation in the mind.” With so much time spent trapped in divergent states this past year, reading and reflecting, watching the news – vacillating between feelings of hopelessness and anticipation – Ward found herself thinking about the experience of transformation, of coming into one’s power – specifically about how this experience might unfold for Black women.
Taken individually and as a whole, Ward’s most recent paintings and ceramic works invite viewers to create more loving space within themselves, allowing for the potential to thrive during an otherwise unforgiving and isolating time. Each portrait relays a deeply personal inner metamorphosis that also manifests outwardly, through an individual’s outlook and approach to life, and even possibly, optimistically, as a society at large.