Deann Stein Hasinoff: Catching smoke
The Art Incubator Gallery, August 21 – October 3, 2020
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton
Catching smoke is a series of digital drawings and text-based art about anxiety. The artist’s intention is to give this entity a visual form, having lived with its to varying degrees of severity her entire life. As Stein Hasinoff says, “… In giving it a shape, I hoped to also better understand it. It is always present, a constant noise, yet when I focus my attention on it, it disperses like smoke …”.
The artist came to understand the power of art with her work on another series All exits look the same, which focused on developing and living with chronic illness. It eventually led Stein Hasinoff to a place of acceptance with her new life. Catching smoke is the next step in that journey. As Stein Hasinoff concludes, “…My hope is it will resonate with others living similar experiences, and in a small way contribute to normalizing mental health in our every day lives …”.
Deann Stein Hasinoff is an abstract artist using various digital applications to create her work. After developing severe sensitivities, Stein Hasinoff was unable to continue with traditional art materials and began to explore digital art making. She draws inspiration for her work from life’s challenges, originally influenced by her work with adults with brain injury and then by her own experiences in developing and living with chronic illness. Inspired by the nature near her home, she is beginning to explore photography and abstraction. Stein Hasinoff’s formal education is in Speech Language Pathology, receiving her Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in 1999. She began taking community art classes in 2008. Stein Hasinoff received her Certificate in Visual Arts with Distinction from the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta in June 2018.
Her solo show All Exits Look the Same was featured in the Upstairs Gallery of the ArtPoint Gallery and Studios Society in Calgary, AB in February 2018. Her work was also a part of Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC’s Ten Voices 2017 group show, #YEGCANVAS 2016, and Latitude 53 Gallery’s Incubator group exhibition in 2015. Stein Hasinoff was published in the juried artist pages of aceartinc.’s Paper Wait Vol. 17, Contemporary Art Writing. Deann Stein Hasinoff resides and works in Edmonton, Alberta.
NOTE: Harcourt’s art galleries are closed to the public until further notice.
Image: Weight, 2020, Digital drawing
Courtesy of the Artist