Hanna-Maria Hammari, a graduate of the University of Fine Arts – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, received this year’s Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst from the Foundation for Fruit Painting and Sculpture.

Central to Hanna-Maria Hammaris installation for the studio space 45cbm are several clay sculptures, which in their formal language are reminiscent of surface structures of stripped reptile skins. A balloon fastened to one object and filled with helium seems to float in space forever, but time forces it to the ground. It is a subtile play of growth and finitude that Hammari negotiates with a fine sense of materiality and space in her works.

Hanna-Maria Hammari (*1986, Tornio, Finnland) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. From 2011 to 2017 she studied fine arts at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main under Tobias Rehberger and at Cooper Union in New York (2016).