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Hanna artwork to be displayed in Stephens Gallery

December 4, 2009
By cnp
Posted in Art

Clarksville, Ark. --- Lindsey Hanna, a senior art major from Rockwall, Texas, says her artwork derives from the genre of the pin-up girl, specifically in the style of 1950s and 1960s.

Hanna, who will graduate from Ozarks this December, will have her art exhibit, “Pop, Baam, and Spam,” on display from Dec. 7-17 in the University of the Ozarks’ Stephens Gallery as part of her Senior Art Exhibit. The gallery is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center and is open and free to the public from Mondays through Fridays. There will be a reception to meet the artist from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the gallery.

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The pin-up girl genre of the 1950s and 1960s has long fascinated Hanna and has been an inspiration in much of her artwork.

“The pin-up figures represent glamour, sensuality, fantasy and femininity,” she said. “I also find them well suited for use in bold, graphic poster compositions. I incorporate this subject and design style with nostalgic symbols from my childhood. These pin-up women are idealized icons set next to pop-culture symbols which creates visually pleasing/energetic imagery.”

Hanna says her work “is a celebration of women and is intended to be glamorous.”

“My work also represents all the many ways women can be depicted. The women are confident in their appearance and embrace their ability to be suggestive and sexy. The pin-up figures become a fantasy or an escape of aspects of my life, past and future. Some of the women represent my future and how I want to be viewed by the world --- a woman that can be iconic, desirable, career-oriented and/or devoted to family. In my work I intend to also use nontraditional appearances, including obese and anorexic women. With these figures sarcasm is shown towards society and how society views these extremes in physical appearance.”

Hanna said her artwork has primarily been influenced by two artists.

“My artwork is influenced by the content of Roy Lichtenstein with his comic style, precision and heavy contour lines,” she said. “I am also influenced by McClelland Barclay with his pin-up style. Works from Lichtenstein and Barclay parallel the flat style, the poses and color scheme in my work. In Lichtenstein’s work there is a specific color scheme and that has influenced my specific color scheme along with the structure of the piece. The Post-Impressionist movement is a big influence on my style. During the Post-Impressionist movement there was a celebration of life, color, and movement in the artwork of that time and I also use these themes in my work.”