Objects are powerful— they hold history, memories, experiences, and culture. The objects in our homes are particularly precious as they share in our most intimate spaces and speak to our individuality and human experience. I am most interested in the psychological and emotional connections that lead us to treasuring these
(oftentimes subjectively) significant objects. Sub-themes I pay attention to include functional vs decorative, childhood vs adulthood, and significance of everyday things.
I use a variety of artistic processes in my work, particularly water-based painting, linocut relief, and screenprinting presented on many different surfaces such as found objects, canvas or paper, hand-built
sculptural plates, and ceramics. Utilizing a mixed-media approach in my work helps me to not only convey conceptual meaning, but also stay loose and free to experiment in my art-making.
My art highlights and elevates these home objects in an inviting and positive way to remind us of the role they play in our everyday lives and in our personal history. I want my viewers to be reminded of their own interactions and memories and to realize their own relationships to treasured objects.
Hannah Mobley is a painter and printmaker who mainly works with mixed media on paper or canvas. She is from Springfield IL, and graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from Olivet Nazarene University, located in Bourbonnais IL. In furthering her pursuit of a professional art career, she is currently working towards a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Governor's State University, located in University Park IL. Expected graduation date is December 2023.
Hannah has experience in arts education, and currently holds the position as Art School Director at Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest IL. Past experience also includes four summers as an Assistant Teacher in the Springfield Art Association summer camps. She has conceptualized and illustrated her own book, "Swimming
Through the Stars", released in April 2019. During her undergrad, Hannah worked in the Starbucks Student Gallery at ONU for three years: one as a Gallery Assistant and two as the Student Gallery Manager. She has completed an internship with the art studios at Glencoe Park District in Glencoe IL and at The Art Center in
Highland Park IL (Summer 2022). Currently, she has a Graduate Assistantship at GSU as a lab tech in the ceramics studio (Aug 2021-present).
Hannah’s love for the arts started at a young age and has been fostered through several art classes, teachers, and family throughout her time growing up. During high school, she started a handmade paper flower business called “Paper Creations by HM” and sold her art at an Artist Co-op in Springfield, at craft fairs, and eventually
on Etsy. This ultimately led to her yearning for a career in art, and now Hannah has a big passion for the local arts community and teaching alongside her own art-making practice.
Hannah is currently living and making art in the Chicagoland area.