Hannah Whitaker is a New York-based artist who explores the visual signs of our daily lives in her pattern-driven work. For these highly stylized portraits Whitaker uses science fiction pattern effects to tell her story—dark stripes of shadow and laser like flares of color–the images playfully critique how the male gaze has created 'female' service-oriented machines even in the AI assistants that many of us employ in our daily lives. These straight studio shots are mostly of the artist’s friend who becomes 'Ursula,' named after the most famous Ursulas— the Sea Witch in the Little Mermaid, feminist sci-fi writer, Ursula K. Le Guin, and sex symbol Ursula Andress. Assembly writes, that 'at once retro and futuristic, these photographs reflect the vernacular of the tech industry and the stereotypical women that this male-dominated space creates. This work was published as a photobook in 2021 in collaboration with writers Dawn Chan and David Levine.'
Why we believe in: The early highly stylized NFT space has been driven by a futuristic vision and now with photography, the space is going to chance, and Whitakers Ursula is part of that change.
We warmly welcome Hannah Whitaker to Jenny DAO