"these new works were inspired by a wild vine that grew over my garden, completely transforming it into a design of its own. it was a call to wonder, a call to attention, a call to decide, “what is in your world?” these sculptures are symbolic evidence of this appeal to consciousness and imagination, but also suggest a larger story of how we shape and are shaped by ourselves and our world; how creation is it not fixed, but fluid, and ongoing."
johan hagaman was born in jeffersonville, indiana, and earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in english from indiana university. after teaching english in the u.s. and in the peace corps in sierra leone, west africa, johan turned her love for stories and poetry into physical objects. she has work included in many public and private collections and museums such as the tennessee state museum and evansville (indiana) museum of arts and sciences. she is also the recipient of the tennessee individual artist fellowship for 2005. her sculptures are psychological in nature, exploring the stories and myths we create for ourselves to give us meaning. the work often depicts a figure embedded or entwined in some form of nature juxtaposed with rusted manmade objects, implying a larger story of the relationship between the interior landscape of the psyche and the exterior landscape of nature.