The last two years I have worked on a project cataloguing my hormone replacement therapy (hrt) based transition from male to female. This has been a long journey but extremely rewarding when I step back and look at the progress I have made both artistically and emotionally. The project consisted of 24 portraits that would track my physical and emotional transition. The only rules were the portrait’s had to be finished in the month they were made and contain a forward facing profile of myself depicted as I saw myself.
These rules allowed for a nuanced look at how my image changed over the months. Some of the portraits feel scarred and ghostly, some appear distorted, while others appear to be an exact copy of what I looked like at that moment.
You can find all 24 portraits by clicking here or visiting the Two Year Hymn page. Sitting in front of a mirror for two years trying to capture my features felt like an ongoing hymn repeated again and again. This piece should be viewed as a whole. However, it can be seen as individual pieces. I have chosen the web based format so you can scroll from 2019 through 2017 and take in the piece from the end to the beginning.
Hey Everyone! I’m excited to have two pieces on display at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln Nebraska. “Gifted” will run from now to December 29th. My work is shown alongside Owen Buffington‘s work. Owen is a recent grad of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. He was the second person I saw when I first arrived in Fayetteville 2.5 years ago.
My painting of Rain was included in the Fluid Perspectives Exhibition at the Hive Mind, along with Robert Fitzgerald‘s work! If you’re in the area on October 18th come and see the LGBTQ+ exhibition and the many talented artists that were selected. Also be sure to check out Rain’s image in the painting section.
12-4 pm at Hive Mind on October 18th
375 W Exchange St, Akron, OH 44302
So excited to announce that I was selected for an Artist 360 grant through the Mid-Amerca Arts Alliance. I was one of two students who were selected for the Visual Arts category. I’m sharing this honor with Olivia Fredricks.
The Award for students is $1,500 and includes a workshop retreat to help develop a professional understanding of this region and how the arts will play a central role. This award was made possible by the Walton Family Foundation.
An explanation of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and its goals:
Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, is proud to announce the twenty artist recipients of its inaugural project and student awards. Twenty practicing and student artists will be granted a total of $114,000 to further their work in the flourishing Northwest Arkansas area arts community, representing the four counties of Benton, Carroll, Sebastian, and Washington. These artists represent a diversity of communities, a range of Northwest Arkansas educational institutions, and a wide scope of disciplines and projects. A Walton Family Foundation grant recommended by Steuart Walton and Tom Walton allows Artists 360 to provide these direct grants, as well as professional development services for the artists.
Todd Stein, President and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said, “The Artists 360 program was designed to identify and elevate the Northwest Arkansas area’s leading artists and to address critical gaps in support by providing the funding, professional development, and networking opportunities needed for them to thrive. We are deeply impressed by the depth of talent and range of artistic expression in the region as reflected in these artists, and the contributions they make in their respective communities. We are honored to invest in their work and careers.”
Artists 360 is a three-year pilot program that will serve a total of sixty individual artists from the Northwest Arkansas area by 2021. These selected artists will receive cash awards, in addition to professional development support services. The first professional development convening will take place October 12–14.
On June 3rd I installed a solo show at Arsaga’s at the Depot in Fayetteville, AR. The show was a retrospect of work I’ve made over the past four years from undergrad, in residencies, and in grad school. The paintings were the first time showing these works in a public setting in an open way. The reception for the show had an attendance of over 45 people, on June 7th. I was so excited to see old and new friends who came to see the work. Over the past month I’ve received emails and messages that express their admiration for the works on display and their gratitude for the honesty in the paintings.
Starting in 2014 I worked with pigs and rabbits as a metaphor to touch base with being a transgender person and then transwoman. In the 2015 painting Smear (Dysphoria) I experimented with how portraiture could connect this recognition with observation of the mental and emotional qualities I felt at the time. Over the next three years I moved away from this conversation, scared of the possible retribution for revealing the contents of the work.
In 2016 I entered graduate school with a plan to only paint from life and to develop what painting was in general. It wasn’t until the Spring of 2017 that I began to use metaphor of shifting in place (physical or emotional) to my newly transitioning body. At the same time I began a series of self-portraits to document the emotional and physical transition I was going through. The series will be from February 2017-February 2019 the amount of time it will take for HRT to take its full effects on my body. December 2017-April 2018 were shown along with the transgender portrait project which includes Rain from this year.
Below is more information for the show and installation shots of the space. The paintings will be up through the end of the June at the Depot.
Hannah McBroom is a Master’s of Fine Arts Candidate at the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of Doctoral and Graduate Fellowship from the university. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mississippi State University in 2015 and attended Chautauqua School of Arts in 2017 and 2018.
Hannah’s representational paintings explore her experiences of identity and displacement. Her earlier work emphasized transgender embodiment using the animals to reveal something close to being human and interior spaces to show the emotional shifting in physical space Her current body of work is focused on the painted representation of the transgender community in the northwest Arkansas area. These paintings focus on how bodies can disclose identity, and at the same time, how identities do not fully belong to the individuals portrayed.
Hannah has shown in national and international shows including Manifest’s Tapped Exhibition and International Painting Annual #6, Providence Art Club Exhibition, Emerald Spring Exhibition, and the Red Clay Survey. She draws her inspiration from painters like Euan Uglow, Thomas Eakins, and Jenny Saville. Her work is in private and public collections.