Graduate Student Affiliate
M.A., Studio Art, Painting, Eastern Illinois University
B.F.A., Art, Graphic Design, Eastern Illinois University
Hannah K. Freeman is an M.F.A. candidate in Painting in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame. Her paintings draw upon the history of the use of abstraction and color field painting infused with ecotheology to communicate spiritual ideas in relation to creation. Natural systems that she encounters, particularly the intricate worlds of lichen and fungi, serve as a starting point for her paintings. Using the finite to understand the infinite, the paintings are a wondrous and mysterious celebration of the process of existence. Together, the abstraction and the colors target not only the visual senses, but also the psyche in order to provoke contemplation on the painted microcosms. Hannah's intention is that the references to creation will invite viewers in, while the abstraction will challenge viewers to perceive in a way that goes beyond the surface of the painting so they can explore their own thoughts and beliefs. Hannah exhibits her paintings across the country, from California to New York. Currently, she teaches Drawing I in the Department of Art, Art History and Design.
Survival, Oil on Panel, 48 x 36 inches