Hannah Kidd predominantly crafts and welds sculptural creations from steel rod and corrugated iron, as a means to investigate people and the relationships they have with their surrounding environment.
Kidd graduated in 2001 from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture. She has quickly risen to critical acclaim with her distinctive and unique work being exhibited around the world including I’m sure I’ve seen that before, Vienna, Austria (2002), Sculpture by the Sea, Australia (2007, 2009, 2011) Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark (2009, 2011) along with numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand. In 2010 she was the Winner of the Montalto Sculpture Award, Australia and the People’s Choice Award at NZ Sculpture OnShore and in 2012 was a finalist in the Montalto Sculpture Award, Australia and the New Zealand Wallace Art Awards.
Her sculptures are constructed from pieces of steel and corrugated iron. Using bolt cutters, tin snips and a mig welder, she welds them together on a scale ranging from butterflies to bulls.
Kidd is inspired by observations in her immediate surroundings. She often substitutes animals for humans in her tableaux of familiar social situations and behavior. Humor can function as a vehicle to discuss the human condition, she says. Kidd’s subject matter has focused on witty and often comical animal studies, which she has used as a vehicle to discuss the human condition.
Kidd has risen to national prominence through developing a body of representational sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across New Zealand and abroad.