Née en 1974 à Creil, France
Vit et travaille à Angy, France
The creations of the plastic artist Stéphanie-Maï Hanuš reflect her numerous trips through Asia where she discovered other ways of viewing the world (shamanism, superstitions, etc.). After finishing her studies in applied arts in Paris, she went to Indonesia to attend a school of traditional art and then she went to Japan where she studied the art of knot-tying with local artisans. This quest for “new horizons” lasted ten years before she settled into her studio in Oise.
The use of soft, flexible materials allows her to work in close contact with the material where a limited amount of tools are needed to braid, weave, and knot, and simple movements create connections and reinforce the solidity of fragile “low-quality” materials. She pays close attention to the ambivalent quality of their nature. Thin and easily broken, they can also become robust, knotting and unknotting, at once confining and then liberating…
Creating links, freeing up old knots, undoing them just to retie them… Is that not simply a metaphor for a vision of life?