Hance is a graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art and earned a Bachelors in Fine Art with a concentration in painting. Hance's current body of work is highly focused on the concept of memory. The ability to store and recall information is one of the most amazing capacities of higher organisms. Our memories encapsulate our sense of personal identity, our cultural identities, and the meaning of our lives. Our perception on any given thing changes invariably at each moment of interaction. Involuntary memory is not immediate memory, but something that seeps in when you're not aware. Hence, the experience of an image is different each time, which ultimately offers fresh perspectives on something so familiar as in portrait painting. One way Hance achieves this in his work is by organizing a painting around unpredictable changes in composition, rhythm, and weight. Other themes that are explored are energy (auras), dynamism, cognitive psychology, anthropomorphism, gender identity, and anthroposcopy which is defined as the act of determining character or personal characteristics from the form or features of the body especially the face.
I realized that the "thing" and the "concept" were substituted for feeling and understood the falsity of the world of will and idea.
- Kazimir Malevich
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
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