Alumna Artist Hannah (Collins) Dean featured in Saatchi OnlineJan. 14, 2013
An interview with artist Hannah Dean
Artist Hannah (Collins) Dean (’09) was recently featured on an international art website, Saatchi Online. Launched in 2006 by London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery, Saatchi Online is a platform that allows emerging artists to showcase and sell their work and gives art lovers insider access to new talent from around the world. It aims to continue the gallery’s legacy of promoting new, contemporary talent and bringing great art to a wide audience.
Dean is a full-time graduate student and teaching assistant at Texas Tech University, working on a Masters in Fine Arts. She is married to Tanner Dean, who is an x-ray and lab technician at Lakeridge Primary Health Center in Lubbock.
You were recently a featured artist in the Saatchi Online Gallery. How did your representation by Saatchi come about?
Saatchi is a well-known gallery in London, and they have a website for artists and curators to sell and discover art. I made a profile for myself to display my work in the slightest hope that I could be part of the various online shows, as well as interact and get acquainted with various contemporary artists.
How did you find out that your work was featured as the link for the New This Week link on the gallery website?
Rebecca Wilson, one of the directors at the Saatchi Gallery in London, was the online curator for the various online exhibits for Saatchi Online this week. She e-mailed me to let me know that I was selected for the "New This Week" collection.
Why Saatchi? What drew you to them?
They sell work for starving artists! Not only did I use Saatchi for my own visual research, one of my fellow MFA painters, Scotty Hensler, had been featured on the site before. I'm finding that it is a great network for artists and art-lovers alike.
You're currently completing your MFA in Painting at Texas Tech University. Can you talk a little about your current body of work, including An Instant of Discomfort, the work featured on Saatchi Online?
I am very interested in the relationships between the figure and the spaces it inhabits, exploring the spiritual experience. The parallels between the way we see, as well as what we veil ourselves from in ourselves and others intrigue me.
You graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2009 and have worked actively as an artist in the Lubbock area since then. How did your study at LCU prepare you as an artist and for graduate school at Texas Tech?
As an artist and an educator, LCU has given me a multitude of opportunities and networks in order to pursue various shows and job opportunities. While in my undergraduate work, I was introduced to many processes, artists, and opportunities to discuss my pieces. Beyond a concrete foundational knowledge, the relationships I developed while at LCU continue to influence my work and my life.