“My art is created like Jazz.”
So said admired Cleveland
artist Andrea Hahn in a conversation recently. The analogy is apt. Andrea sets down pools of rich color with oil stick as a foundation on which are set riffs on experiences and wry reactions to life’s changeability with hand-torn magazine illustrations, text fragments, and color abstractions,to form collaged mixed media works. When seen together they shimmer as if they were pieces of jewelry set out
on richly colored velvet trays.
Andrea Hahn has been an artist of deep commitment and
powerful creativity ever since she and her family came to Cleveland from Virginia in the 1970s.Her large-scaled acrylics on canvas from that time resonated with the stained and brushed paintings of Washington (DC) Color School artists such as Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler.
As her physical capability to paint on large scale
became more challenging than possible, Andrea re-channeled her creativity through a more manageable focus, resulting in a stream of small sized but powerful works on paper over the ensuing two decades, and to the shimmering and crackling collages seen today.