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Hannah Bouchard

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I’m Hannah. I am an environmental advocate and painter, who is passionate about climate change, politics, mental health and translating my thoughts into works on canvas.

I consider myself a mixed media oil painter. Almost all of the paint I use is oil, except for some exceptions where I use acrylic in order to get different effects or finishes. I love to incorporate texture and 3D elements in my paintings. I’ve used glitter, paper, plastic, faux foliage, and more to create depth in my paintings both literally and figuratively. Oil allows me to change paintings as they go and even revisit works that I thought were “done.” I also enjoy the way it allows me to create depth and texture in the paint itself. The mixed media element is essential to me, and my paintings often feel unfinished if they are solely painted. Each new painting is a challenge to try something new. Hot glue is a close second.

Drew requires all students to take a class in the arts, and I originally wanted to take photography as I had taken short photography courses in the past. Incoming freshmen are stuck with the bare bones when registering, so the class was full. I decided to take painting 1 instead and fell in love with it. I had to do traditional oil paintings of figures and still life, etc., and although I enjoyed it, I was ready to try weirder, more conceptual, less referential things. My boyfriend’s sister is also an art student, and so her works were exposed to me for a few months at that point. The freedom to create whatever I wanted like she did was exciting to me, so I began to work on things outside of classes and inside as well. Shortly after, I was a declared studio art minor.

Being that one of my biggest interests is in the environment, a lot of my art centers around the side effects of environmental degradation to the planet and my own optimism. I feel very connected to the natural world and its beauty and wish everyone did, I hope that by depicting the world almost as human, we will care about it more.

I also paint things that are inspired by mental health issues. As someone with anxiety, I find that art helps me cope with my triggers but also explains them. My series “Anxious” as well as some other pieces try to depict the feeling of panic in a clear but almost pretty way. I don’t like to view stress or difficulty as solely dark, but rather beautiful because it is all a part of the human experience. Regardless of our struggles, we can learn from our slips and falls and turn them into great triumphs.

Honestly although I have muses that I often turn to, e.g. my boyfriend, the planet, anxiety, it is never, NEVER easy for me to come up with a concept for a painting. It is always painstaking and is a process of feeling doubt over my abilities as an artist. I am very particular about what is worthy of being put on a canvas, but once I feel confident enough, I wouldn’t trade the process to get there for the world.

 

I joined to share my paintings with others when I was still starting out. Although I haven’t been making art for long, I was almost immediately looking for opportunities to not only share art but to see the art of others. Personally, I am very inspired by student art. Fellow artists in my college create really interesting and experimental work, and most of my research consists of looking at other young artists. I feel like when we’re learning, we’re more prone to experiment and be weird, and that’s my favorite!

My greatest achievement has been having my art chosen for different galleries and showcases. Having my art put on display never becomes mundane to me. My first work that was selected for an exhibition was my series “Anxious,” and College Collections was kind enough to display the second and third paintings of the series in a group show. Not only was it amazing to have any of my art chosen for this honor, but this series was extremely laborious. I had to pay attention to each anxious thought or feeling I had in order to create works that did them justice, in all of their exhausting glory. I wanted to take something that made me feel ugly and make it beautiful, as I do with most of my art. To have this labor of love in a show among other talented young artists was truly magical.

I want to continue to grow as an artist as I keep going on my path toward changing the way we act toward our planet. I want my art to speak, but I will never force it to speak for itself. My advocacy will always go hand in hand with being an artist. My dream is to keep evolving and finding new things to say and ways to say them with art. If I can continue to paint and feel like I have put something out into the world that will create thoughts and conversation about issues like environmental harm, mental health, love and beauty, I will have achieved my dream.

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