Our society currently struggles to balance its need and desire for man-made products with its growing concern over our limited natural resources. By carefully selecting and strategically arranging manufactured and natural objects in my painting set-ups, I create unique compositions that illuminate this conflict and the consequences of imbalance. I want viewers of my paintings to be reminded that our own actions and decisions can greatly effect and transform everything that surrounds our existence. In my paintings, I use space and depth to also communicate this message. Clusters of seemingly random objectsósome loosely tethered or nettedófloat in a dark abyss to convey the transience of life and the ephemeral appeal of objects that are lost or discarded, and then forgotten. My goal is for viewers to question their relationship not only with the painted objects, but also the objects they encounter and use in their daily lives.
Eastern Illinois University, MA in Painting, 2014
Eastern Illinois University, BFA in Graphic Design, Summa Cum Laude, 2013
King-Mertz Distinguished Research/Creative Activity Award, Eastern Illinois University, 2015
Distinguished Graduate Student Award, Eastern Illinois University, 2014
Outstanding Senior Award, 2D Studio, Eastern Illinois University, 2013
Talented Student Award in Art, Scholarship, Eastern Illinois University, 2010-2013
Journal-Courier Staff, It Looks Real Until it Doesn't: Meaning Tucked in Still Lifes, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, IL, January 8, 2015. 1B.
ìIllinois Artist of the Month: Hannah K. Freeman, I Like Illinois, January 21, 2015.
selected group shows
Art Faculty Exhibition, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 2015
Bank of the Arts, Craven Arts Council and Gallery, Inc., New Bern, NC, 2015
10x10x10xTieton, Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, WA, 2015
Cape Fear Studios 2015 Annual National 2D Exhibit, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC, 2015