Ian Hanesworth is a non-binary artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Their interdiscplinary practice converges around themes of deep ecology, systems of reciprocity, and the role of humans in the global ecosystem. Ian is a recent graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and has been awarded several residencies including Caldera Arts AiR Program (Sisters, OR), Catskills Creative Residency (Liberty, NY), and the New York Studio Residency Program (Brooklyn, NY). Their work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally at venues including the Regis Center for Art in Minneapolis, MN Foundry Art Centre in St. Louis, MO, and the Watkins Hall Gallery in Winona, MN.
As an interdisciplinary artist, my practice is broad and encompasses various creative disciplines that span from textiles and printmaking to community workshops and collaborative sculptural installations. I am motivated by a sense of dire urgency in regards to the current ecological crises and simultaneously, by a deep and unshakable gratitude for the natural world in all its diversity and resilience.
My work, and its emphasis on slow labor, detail, and craft, considers attention as a form of gratitude. Paraphrasing the words of poet CAConrad, my practice is an exercise in thinking of the diseased planet as an extension of my own body, or, conversely, the healing planet as an extension of my healing body.