Gretchen Hasse

When I was young, my health was abruptly taken away from me. For a time I lived with significant physical disability. Gradually, I recovered through physical therapy, determination, and a good deal of luck.

I still live with the residue of that life change. Because I deeply understand how hidden experiences can shape a person, I am compelled to create complex narratives in my work.

I create stories with writing, video, photography, drawing, painting, and recycled materials. I build handmade props and create makeshift “effects” for my videos. My work features bold line and composition. I am drawn to an imperfect, punk aesthetic, because it feels authentic to me.

Other inspiration includes travel journals, videos that I produce for social justice groups, and life lessons that take a really long time to learn.