|Title||Rules for Teachers|
|Artist / Creator||Hanne Niederhausen|
|Place of Publication||Boca Raton, FL|
|Number of Images||Three tiered flag book.|
|Structure / Binding||Inkjet printing on Moab Entrada Rag Natural 300 gsm archival paper. Accordion spine is Ingres Fabriano. Original collage and photographs by the artist. Hard cover layered wtih Japanese rayon lace paper.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.5 x 8.25 x .5 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 8|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Always on the look-out for interesting sights and signage while traveling, I came across a display called "Rules for Teachers - 1915," which is exhibited in the Old School Museum in Matakohe, New Zealand. This list of instructions for female teachers struck me as very severe and at the same time hilarious, especially when looking at it with the eyes of a woman living in the 21st century. Yet, we are aware that numerous women at that time had to abide to these rules. The text is worked into black and white images of the Florida wetlands, and for the front sides of the flags I created a collage depicting a nude sitting within the confinement of an old cottage but facing the freedom of the ocean.
Artist BioHanne Niederhausen grew up in Germany and is now living in South Florida. She holds a MA from the Pädagogische Hochschule in Karlsruhe, studied art in Canada, Arizona and Florida where she received a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. For Hanne art has diverse forms. Her work reveals an affinity to experimentation with a range of materials and media, including printmaking, book arts, photography, assemblage, and painting. Her art is a response to various places that she has lived in or encountered on her extensive travels, and reflects her interest in other cultures. Hanne has exhibited widely in juried competitions, as well as in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe. In 2009 she had an extensive exhibition of her book work at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University where several of her books are held in the collection. Among the numerous awards she received, her work was recognized in the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Program and in the Florida Artists' Book Prize Exhibition at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. Her work is included in "500 Handmade Books" and Lark Studio Series "Handmade Books."