Anaïs Nin / Heidi Hahn
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Illustrated by Heidi Hahn
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"Mallorca" is one of fifteen short stories by Anaïs Nin published posthumously in 1977 as "Delta of Venus." The collection that makes up this anthology was written during the 1940s for a private client known simply as "Collector". This "Collector" commissioned Nin, along with other now well-known writers (including Henry Miller and the poet George Barker), to produce erotic fiction for his private consumption. His identity has since been revealed as Roy M. Johnson of Healdton Oil, Oklahoma.
Despite being told to leave poetic language aside and concentrate on graphic, sexually explicit scenarios, Nin was able to give these stories a literary flourish and a layer of images and ideas beyond the pornographic. In her Diary (Oct. 1941), she jokingly referred to herself as "the madam of this snobbish literary house of prostitution, from which vulgarity was excluded".
While using the Kama Sutra and other writings such as those of Krafft-Ebing as models, Nin was very conscious that the languages of male and female sexuality were distinct. Although at times she scorned her erotica, and feared for their impact on her literary reputation, they have subsequently been seen by sex-positive feminists as pioneering work.
Anaïs Nin is the author of sixteen published volumes of the Diary, short stories, novels, critical studies, a collection of essays and two volumes of erotica. Born in Paris in 1903 of parents who were both musicians, she aspired early on to be a writer. She achieved international fame with the publication of the first volume of her Diary in 1966, and was in wide demand as a lecturer until illness forced her into retirement. She died in Los Angeles in 1977.
Heidi Hahn (b. 1982, lives and works in Brooklyn) brings a thoughtful and refreshing perspective to the medium of painting. Often engaging with the female body, the artist's layered, parafin infused images utilize a consistent cast of characters. The artist’s sumptuous application of paint and seductive layered surfaces draw the viewer into a psychologically intense narrative, in conversation with this tradition, which unfolds across the paintings presented. The works engage the psychological realm of attachment to the female body and how that’s processed through both a traditional and a contemporary reading, as the many reclining, sitting or lounging female figures relate distantly to any number of female portraits (often reclining female nudes) painted throughout history.
Solo exhibitions include The Future is Elsewhere (If it Breaks Your Heart) at Jack Hanley Gallery, Bent Idle at Jack Hanley Gallery and Shadows from Other Places at Premier Regard, Paris. The artist has also participated in several group exhibitions, including Engender at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Part Deaux, at Jack Hanley Gallery, The Edge of Doom at H I L D E, Los Angeles, Human Condition at John Wolf, Los Angeles, American Optimism at Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, Fathoms at Radical Abacus, Sante Fe, On Painting at Kent Fine Art, New York, Friend of the Devil at Jack Hanley Gallery, Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery, A Thing of Beauty at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington and New Paintings By at Jack Hanley Gallery. Hahn received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Cooper Union in 2006, and her Master's degree from Yale University in 2014. Hahn has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Headlands Center for the Arts, among others.