Hannah Elise Bowman
Brookline High School, 1999, Diploma
I grew up in Boston Massachusetts.
In April 2012 I exiled myself to Santa Fe, perhaps for a new start. When people asked me why I was moving, I said something about there being more opportunities in Santa Fe and that it had a better art scene. But things are the same everywhere. Perhaps I did need a place to start over, a place that I held no allegiance to, which meant nothing to me, that I didn't love. But I wasn’t prepared for all that and wasn’t prepared to sit and face myself. It's hard to let everything fall apart around and inside of me, and then sit and figure out how to rebuild myself in a way that is slightly more comfortable.
I can't describe why I make art.
To be an artist, whether a painter, musician, writer, or whatever is a struggle; I am constantly walking that fine line between extreme narcissism and deep self-loathing. When I get down to the real reasons of why and how, every theory flies out the window. I know it is the one space I have control in. But I also know that I don’t have control – the materials are going to do what they want to do. Every time I think I have the how or the why I find more contradictions. My sketches are very often words or an image in my head that I roll around and tweak for months before touching a pen or paper.
Back in Boston, I was constantly trying to make something mind blowing (which is presumptuous and delusional) because then, and only then would people notice. I now realize that doesn't matter. I believe that the intent is irrelevant and has always been so – what matters is if the viewer likes it. Sure, I make things to lay memories to rest and to create order in a chaotic history. But I believe that ultimately, when someone looks at a painting or drawing, the artist's intent is lost; the viewer will make his or her own associations and the work will move the viewer or it won't. The achievements of the artist no longer have meaning. My own personal achievements won't change the impression someone gets from my work. It may make them feel like they have to like it or that if they don't like it, they don’t understand it - I don't want to alienate people in that way.
The places that I go when I draw are my own. The places one of my drawings takes someone else belong solely to that person.
"Hannah Elise Bowman," cdsavoia.com, (documentary about me and my work," Filmed Nov. 2012, Release TBA 2013
"Förlorade," Solo Show, Plaza Galeria, Santa Fe, NM, 2012
Mid America Print Council Printer Makers Conference "Relevance/Resonance," Group Show, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2005
Hearts and Hands, Group Show, UNO Gallery, Omaha Nebraska, 2005
Astrobiological, Solo Show, Boston MA, 2004
Elements, Group Show, Boston MA 2004
Senior Show, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA, 2004
Organic Matters, Group Show, Boston MA, 2004\
Environmental Disruption, Group Show, Boston MA 2004
Works On Paper, Group Show, Boston, MA 2003
OTHER CURATED SHOWS AND PROJECTS:
"Sermarr: Innerscapes," co-curated, Volo Gallery, 2012
"Volo Gallery Grand Opening Show," co-curated, Volo Gallery, 2012
"Albuquerque Fun-A-Day," with Akira Watts, Santa Fe NM and Boston MA 2013
"Biotic Manifold," (For International Symposium on Electronics in the Arts), Installation by Meow Wolf LLC, assisted in assembly only, Albuquerque, NM, 2012
"Wonderful Walkabout," Outdoor Installation by Meow Wolf LLC - assisted in execution only, Santa Fe, NM 2012
BA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2004
Graduated with Departmental and Academic Honors and Awards
Pace Gallery Scholarship