Look for a small show of new works on our ‘Fresh Faces’ wall this July alongside Stella Im Hultberg and Catherine Brooks, and we have plans to take her down to Miami this coming December during Art Basel.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the new Art Ltd with Josh Keyes on the cover. One of Hannah’s pieces grace a full page and is included as part of a great feature about eco-driven art, “Unnatural Selection”. She’s also been featured in the past in Juxtapoz, XLR8R, IDN, Communication Arts, Art Bureau, and Refused.
Talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works that you created for your recent solo show, ‘Darkness Falls Forever’, that took place at Gallery 554 in Hollywood?
‘Darkness Falls Forever’ was created immediatley after my move from SF to LA and I think that there was a lot of situational and emotional analogies to what i was going through- there is a lot of darkness. I was reading some fantasy and listening to a lot of metal and subconsciously created a series that represented this whole era of change. There is a lot of contrast and struggle, but also a lot of components of growth and overwhelming emotion in there as well… I also did a an altar/shrine installation for this show that represents the cycle of change, from a very basic level of existance – both personal and universal.
My brain has a hard time with that, though I know I’ve been involved with art since the beginning – I remember getting in trouble at school a lot – and my mom has kept most of what I created – so I guess my memories come from visuals.
When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
Day in, day out – mornings, weekends… I’ve kind of stopped working late at night – unless I have a big show coming up – when I close my eyes at night I always hope that it will just all disappear…
Obsessive repitition and childhood nostalgia- a little bit of lust and gore.
Knuckles of lightning + 3
Guinness Book of World Records from 1990, an old almanac I found on the street and a pictorial Encyclopedia from the Thrift Store that my mom works at… I keep it pretty factual – it’s all research, it’s all relevant and totally fascinating. I learned about Catacombs, Black Holes and astroids last night.
Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Yes, I absolutley have to… usually really loud, and usually pretty gangster. I’ll make playlists of hip hop, metal, some older stuff, some booty bass, RnB… a lot of Mac Mall, Sabbath, Dust, R. Kelly, DJ Screw- you know…
Intricate, decorative linework, dark contrasts, a little bit of fantasy and a lot of the animal kingdom.
Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
I have a lot of favorite contemporary artists.. mainly illustrators, and painters- Skinner, Richard Coleman, French- Simmons and Burke and Owl Eyes do some amazing collage work. Then there’s Erika Somogyi, Rebecca Bird and and older fantasy painters like Chris Achilleos and Boris, I’m always drawn to Warhol though, and his versatility and the strength of simplicity in his works, he knew exactly what he was doing…
The greatest human conflict is dealing with contrast.
Other than the plans for your solo show with us in early 2010 and the ‘Fresh Faces’ wall this July, what else have you got coming up in terms of exhibitions and illustration related jobs?
There’s a lot I want to accomplish in the next year, I have shows lined up both nationally and abroad. In terms of commercial work, I’m doing an artist series of signiature Vans, a jacket with Northface, and some apparel and product with Element. I’m about to put out a book that has been in the works for some time now – I’m reeeeally excited about that – I’m always pretty excited. I recently finished up some erotica projects with Chronicle books as well… I’m planning on taking some trips to Barcelona and Berlin in the summer and Tokyo in the fall… lots of forward progression and living now.
What are you doing right after this interview?