Hannah Bates is interested in the agency of inert matter within the Anthropocene. As a result of working with glass in its many forms, Hannah studies the animating effects of time, temperature, and gravity. She analyzes the fluid boundaries between life and matter by interrogating the universal influence of these and other natural phenomena such as evaporation and oxidation. Daily walks through the built environment serve as studio research as she observes the conglomeration of forms, textures, and weather. Through hands-on material studies, she explores the physical elements within the contemporary world and the phenomena that work to animate them.