Carol Hannon

Embodying moments in thought and time; experiences as they happen.

Carol Hannon

Mixed Media

Carol Lee Hannon is an artist who hails from Philadelphia, PA. Much like her personal journey, her approach to the creative process is in constant motion. She believes that limiting oneself to a specific style or prized piece is to limit the intrinsic nature of creativity a.k.a. the freedom of expression.

Prior to painting, she spent the early years of her career in fashion editorial and visual merchandising before she joined her parents at Rosekei & Company, Inc., an innovative textile design studio in Manhattan’s garment district. Here, she and her team of artists painted original pieces on silk for top fashion houses such as Vera Wang, Norma Kamali, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and alice + olivia.

At the end of 2016, Carol left the fashion world to start a family. She has since replanted her roots in Media, PA alongside her husband, Jason, their two young daughters and her father Han where she continues to paint, enjoy insanely good food, and rejoice in binge-watching Netflix.

Artist Statement

My work embodies moments in thought and time; experiences as they happen. This desire to create from the present has led to the exploration of multiple styles and mediums of art. And the freedom to experiment has allowed my work (and self) to continue evolving in ways that feel more true to nature; unfettered by nostalgia or contrived relevance. Vibrant colors signify a point of climax; soft rolling clouds a moment of clarity. Each piece is a continuum of or pivot from its predecessor, a push towards being fully planted in the present, both real and unreal.

Born from immigrant parents who are both artists themselves, there was an unspoken understanding that my career had to be something more than “just art”. Art was too abstract and too subjective to secure a fulfilling life of security and success. But like my parents, the need to create was unavoidable. My early works strove for substance and connection and the majority of my pieces were rooted in history – the history of family, race or gender. The meaning preceded the work itself, and this task of inseminating a message through art became a self-inflicted burden that overshadowed the very privilege of an artist: the freedom of self-expression, no matter how seemingly absurd or mundane the subject.

My background in fashion and textile design is evocative of this process. Its intrinsic calling for mass appeal and of what’s now has inevitably cemented a permanent place in my work. It is my hope that viewers feel a thread of curiosity, whimsy and desire when they see my pieces. And it is this feeling of shared possession – and perception – that I believe to be success.