Hannah Suddarth, born in Glen Ellyn Illinois, and currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, completed a Bachelor of Arts in painting at the School of Art at Arizona State University in 2022. During her time there, she expanded her knowledge in oil painting and drew inspiration from artists like Alice Herbst and Georges Seurat. Since 2018, Suddarth has focused on creating art centered around the visual complexity of rabbits. Her work was featured in the fall 2021 Canyon Voices Literary Magazine volume 24, and she also participated in the group exhibition “Perpetual” at Gallery 100 in Tempe, Arizona.

Artist Statement

I view art as a source of dissipation not only for the creator but also for the viewer. Compositions that induce questions or intrigue the mind tend to draw my attention and can keep my viewer’s eyes lingering. In my composition’s I strive to create a space for a viewer to fall into when they view my work.

              I am heavily inspired by artists like Alice Herbst and Iris Scott. I find myself drawn towards certain anatomical motifs such as rabbits, birds, and fish and I find that I enjoy creating textural and colorful compositions with them. Birds provide an outlet to express creative freedom and movement within art while also being visually captivating with their repetitive detailing. Rabbits are a more personal motif I study as I relate to their routine and way of living as I find myself drawn to their behaviors. Within my work I seek to incorporate rough texture with repetitive brush strokes, variety in use of color, and even dabbing the paint onto the surface with a gloved finger.

              The colorful, somewhat-loose approach I take with my art can be seen as illustrative or juvenile; but I aim to open the minds of my audience into enjoying visual art as something to use for reflection as I do through my work.

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