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*1990

Asia

Johnson

Emily Hana

2348

Artist ID:

Exhibitions & Shows


2024 | Apocalyptic changes of state group show - Shoreditch, Brushes with greatness

2024 | Royal British arts Rising stars exhibition - Royal overseas League Mayfair

2024 | Shortlisted RBA Rome scholarship

2023 | Royal British arts Rising stars exhibition - Royal overseas League Mayfair

2023 | Affordable Art fair with Artfriend

2023 | Shortlisted RBA Rome scholarship

2022 | Stour studios group show, Stour galleries, London

2022 | British Painting 3 group show, Bermondsey project space, London

2022 | Body Unbound group show, Stour Galleries, London

2021 | Komorebi solo show, Open House Hackney, London

2021 | Resident at Hackney Wick Underground

2019 | Exhaustion and exuberance, Deptford does Art

2017-2021 | Senior Printmaker for Harland Miller at Thumbprint Editions

2016 | Artist Residency at OT301 Amsterdam

2016 | 4Bid Gallery Solo Show, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016 | Installation at De School, alongside Children of the Light - Diapositive, Amsterdam

2016 | Visions Beyond group show - Kudos Gallery Paddington

2015 | Solo exhibition 'SPLIT', Carlton Project space NG gallery, Chippendale

Brief Biography


Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1990, Australian multimedia artist Emily Hana explores the ethereal nature of light, transforming it into tangible, three-dimensional art. Her work extends beyond simple illumination; she probes how light influences our spatial perception, introducing elements of nostalgia and introspection. Predominantly utilizing discarded and found objects, Hana creates multidimensional canvases that reveal new dimensions as viewers move around them. Her art repurposes the unwanted into valuable pieces, symbolizing the reclamation of worth from overlooked items. Each creation embodies a metaphor for embracing discomfort and finding beauty in the unexpected, mirroring Hana's personal growth and healing journey.


Her current series, "The Hugging Machine," investigates the profound human experience of loneliness and our quests for solace and connection. Drawing from a childhood invention designed to combat isolation, Hana examines artificial intimacy—seeking temporary comfort in objects and attire to mitigate the presence of absence. Despite beginning her painting career in 2020, her work retains a focus on sculptural forms and their interplay with light. Hana's artwork has been showcased in several esteemed exhibitions, including the Royal British Arts Rising Stars Exhibition at the Royal Overseas League Mayfair in April 2023 and the Glimpses group show in October 2022. She has been shortlisted for the RBA Rome Scholarship in 2023 and 2024.

Brief Biography


Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1990, Australian multimedia artist Emily Hana explores the ethereal nature of light, transforming it into tangible, three-dimensional art. Her work extends beyond simple illumination; she probes how light influences our spatial perception, introducing elements of nostalgia and introspection. Predominantly utilizing discarded and found objects, Hana creates multidimensional canvases that reveal new dimensions as viewers move around them. Her art repurposes the unwanted into valuable pieces, symbolizing the reclamation of worth from overlooked items. Each creation embodies a metaphor for embracing discomfort and finding beauty in the unexpected, mirroring Hana's personal growth and healing journey.


Her current series, "The Hugging Machine," investigates the profound human experience of loneliness and our quests for solace and connection. Drawing from a childhood invention designed to combat isolation, Hana examines artificial intimacy—seeking temporary comfort in objects and attire to mitigate the presence of absence. Despite beginning her painting career in 2020, her work retains a focus on sculptural forms and their interplay with light. Hana's artwork has been showcased in several esteemed exhibitions, including the Royal British Arts Rising Stars Exhibition at the Royal Overseas League Mayfair in April 2023 and the Glimpses group show in October 2022. She has been shortlisted for the RBA Rome Scholarship in 2023 and 2024.

Women in Art

Inwards

1955

Art ID

2021

|

128 x 85 x 9 cm

Oil on sculptural wood, barrel

2800

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Changeling

1956

Art ID

2020

|

133 x 77 x 6 cm

Oil on sculptural wood

3300

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Kika

1957

Art ID

2023

|

70 x 111 x 10 cm

Oil on sculptural wood

1950

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Faith and Pain

1958

Art ID

2023

|

70 x 110 x 10 cm

Oil on sculptural wood

1950

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Ghosts

1959

Art ID

2023

|

Oil on sculptural wood

800

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Prototype

1960

Art ID

2022

|

Oil on sculptural wood

2300

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Sunday

1961

Art ID

2021

|

Oil on sculptural wood

1950

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Duality

1962

Art ID

2024

|

15 x 40 x 6 cm

Oil on sculptural wood

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

Shield

1963

Art ID

2024

|

153 x 95 x 19 cm

Oil on sculptural wood

3100

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

Women in Art

The Healer

1964

Art ID

2023

|

70 x 85 cm

Oil on sculptural wood

2650

$

Emily Hana

Johnson

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The Hugging Machine Series


Inspired by her own childhood creation of a "hugging machine" to alleviate loneliness, and her adult reliance on similar mechanisms for artificial intimacy, Hana's series delves into the illusion of artificial closeness and its fleeting solace from pain and longing. The artwork captures intimate encounters between humans and imagined hugging machines, evoking a sense of intrusion into private moments, underscoring the tension between the craving for human contact and the constraints of synthetic closeness.


The series is underpinned by research into "skin hunger," a phenomenon linked to adverse physical and emotional health outcomes when physical contact is absent. Touch is crucial for well-being in social settings, as evidenced by studies on both humans and animals. Through her art, Hana articulates the longing for human connection and our methods for coping with absence. She transforms discarded objects into new, meaningful creations, using this process as a metaphor for embracing discomfort and discovering beauty in unexpected places.


Incorporating AI as a tool in her creative process, Hana embraces the unpredictable, fostering a quasi-collaborative relationship with technology. This integration highlights the convergence of humanity and technology, and how we utilize technological means to forge connections, further blurring the lines between reality and imagination.

Exhibitions & Shows


2024 | Apocalyptic changes of state group show - Shoreditch, Brushes with greatness

2024 | Royal British arts Rising stars exhibition - Royal overseas League Mayfair

2024 | Shortlisted RBA Rome scholarship

2023 | Royal British arts Rising stars exhibition - Royal overseas League Mayfair

2023 | Affordable Art fair with Artfriend

2023 | Shortlisted RBA Rome scholarship

2022 | Stour studios group show, Stour galleries, London

2022 | British Painting 3 group show, Bermondsey project space, London

2022 | Body Unbound group show, Stour Galleries, London

2021 | Komorebi solo show, Open House Hackney, London

2021 | Resident at Hackney Wick Underground

2019 | Exhaustion and exuberance, Deptford does Art

2017-2021 | Senior Printmaker for Harland Miller at Thumbprint Editions

2016 | Artist Residency at OT301 Amsterdam

2016 | 4Bid Gallery Solo Show, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016 | Installation at De School, alongside Children of the Light - Diapositive, Amsterdam

2016 | Visions Beyond group show - Kudos Gallery Paddington

2015 | Solo exhibition 'SPLIT', Carlton Project space NG gallery, Chippendale

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