Dana Hemenway is an artist based in San Francisco. She received her MFA from Mills College and her BA from University of California Santa Cruz. She has held residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), ACRE (Stueben, WI), SÍM (Reykjavik, Iceland), The Wassaic Project (Upstate New York), Root Division (San Francisco, CA), and is a charter resident of the Minnesota Street Project’s Studio Program (San Francisco, CA). Dana is the recipient of The San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant, and in 2017 she was awarded her first Permanent Public Art Commission for SFO’s Terminal 1, which is scheduled for completion in early 2020. Dana has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. From 2015 – 2017, Dana served as a co-director of Royal Nonesuch Gallery, an artist-run project space in Oakland, CA.
My practice is rooted in the excavation and elevation of utilitarian objects to make visible what has become habituated in our built environments. This stems from an ongoing exploration into the relationship between an item’s value and the environment in which it is presented.
I use these functional items as materials to form traditionally fiber-based crafts–– lights and cords are woven through ceramics or the gallery wall. In other works, extension cords are transformed into make macramé chains. These objects have become animate as I collaborate with dancers, sound artists, and writers to give, otherwise silent and still, objects a chance to move and make sounds.