// // Hannah Stouffer: Blood is the New Black’s July Featured Artist
Hannah Stouffer is an incredibly talented San Francisco based artist who works in both commercial and fine art.
Cameron emailed her a bunch of random questions, here are her awesome responses:
Cam: DO YOU FIND IT CHALLENGING BEING ESTABLISHED IN BOTH FINE ART AND COMMERCIAL ART?
Hannah: I’ve found a pretty good balance in having them both lend themselves to each other. I don’t know if my formula is similar to that of others, but I keep the base of the majority of my work for the purpose of gallery and personal use. I develop my work this way, experiment with new themes and stuff, then all of the commercial work falls into place after that. I’ve found that by doing this I can be the most true to myself…
C: WHAT IS THE MOST COVETED PIECE OF ART WORK THAT YOU OWN?
H: Like the most famous?? Oh I don’t know, I’ve collected a bunch of shit over the years, and given things away when I get sick of looking at them. My favorites are a little collection of black and white Richard Coleman illustrations, and a Donny Miller print he gave me during a studio visit/interview I did with him for Juxtapoz. I have a couple rad Skinner pieces, sold my Neckface, couldn’t stand my Dalek pieces anymore… I take my own work to thrift stores all the time when I don’t know what else to do with it…. I even got an email from a dude one time that was like ‘ I found your work at a Goodwill in LA, but I didn’t buy it…’ Ha… thanks…
C: YOU HAVE 72 HOURS WITH WAKA FLOCKA AND CAN GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. WHERE DO YOU GO AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
H: FLOCKA!! OHLAYDOET!! Actually I really just wanna hang with Gucci- but Waka can be my in.. we don’t gotta do much, just like eat some BBQ or something, maybe I could try on his Bart Simpson chain… just like regular shit, like bff shit. We’ll get milkshakes and Popeyes, get our hair did..
C: YOU WENT TO SCHOOL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT WORK MOSTLY IN ILLUSTRATION- WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TO FOCUS MORE ON ILLUSTRATING? DO YOU PREFER ILLUSTRATING TO PHOTOGRAPHY?
H: I’ve always drawn, I’ve been pretty engaged with art my whole life. Photography was a good outlet (thanks to my pops) that I had access to early on. I learned a lot about my attractions to color and composition this way, and pushing the limits of photography to be as weird as they possibly could. I haven’t taken photos in forever, everything I ever need to see is on tumblr now, but better.
C: YOUR WORK IS INCREDIBLY DETAILED! HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO COMPLETE A SINGLE PIECE?
H: Thanks! It depends where my head is at and how much caffeine I’ve had. Anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks or even months. I tend to work on an entire series at the same time, so I’m creating 10-20 pieces over the course of a couple months. I don’t know. Its difficult to sit down with 1 piece and be like ‘Ok, this is what I’m doing’ As soon as I try that I’ll get sick of it, confused, bored, frustrated or snacky like 100 times.
C: HAMBURGER OR CHEESEBURGER? WHERE IS IT FROM?
H: Pearls Deluxe in San Francisco. Hands down. Cheeseburger, avocado, mushrooms, onions, all of it- with so much ketchup, so many fries… all the fries. Gawd!!
C: DESCRIBE YOUR INSPIRATION PROCESS, HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH NEW MATERIAL?
H: I sift through a lot of web shit, flea market shit, library books, and old periodicals when I can come across them…. I like to think that I do a fair amount of research. Sometimes inspiration can be kind of dry if I let my mind wander, but the more focused I stay, at being in my head I guess, the easier it is. I can usually find inspiration almost anywhere- like the inside of my eyelids if I keep up the weirds.
C: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON INSTAGRAM AND THE NEW ‘FAUXTOGRAPHY’ MOVEMENT?
H: I don’t’ really care. Whatever. I play the game sometimes, I guess I like it. I mean, my dog is cute too, my lunch was delicious, I love my new shoes, my beau, this tree whatever… Its funny, its like NEWS for all of us short attention spanned computer kids that really just wanna hang out with our friends but are too detached to really do anything about it. It’s a good source of inspiration at least…
C: DOUCHIEST MEGACLUB YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?
H: Jesus. Does LA count? I don’t know, somewhere in LA, I think it was some club on Hollywood. I didn’t get the memo to wear white, or black or whatever it was so I just got really drunk. Though, that point where you just stop caring because you don’t give a fuck about ANYONE around you is always really freeing. I don’t remember why I was there, oh, I got dragged out for some birthday, but I remember it was like the BIGGEST deal in the world to get in. So stupid. Oh, Vincent Gallo and Paris Hilton at the Roosevelt that one time was kinda fun…
C: YOU RECENTLY ILLUSTRATED A SICK MURAL INSIDE OF THE DIOR HOMME SAN FRANCISCO STORE, CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT?
H: Awww, thanks! Yeah, that was awesome. It was also the week before Christmas 2011, so it was really freaking insane- and they were in the middle of construction with it so I was literally drawing amongst tile saws, grinding sanders, dust and like 400 maintenance men, and then a bunch of high fashion merch. that I wasn’t allowed to touch. Actually it was a really amazing experience- they approached me and I had a total of 3 days to complete the piece, and pretty much full creative control. It’s there permanently now, and everyone in there knows me by name, which is pretty cool- so when I go into use their fragrances at least its not too weird…
C: SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
H: I’m getting ready to dive into this 40 foot long installation wall at Kinfolk Presents in Brooklyn this July, and a show at Antler Gallery in PDX in August… um, what else… still working on pulling a new series of landscapes together. I took a really amazing/terrible watercolor class at city college recently, I think I’ll do some more of those. I still want to learn to airbrush, and play piano… and um…. I don’t know, a handful of commercial shit too I guess…
C: BATH SALTS EPIDEMIC OR ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE?
H: I can’t believe they sell manufactured bath-salts in head shops that turn people into face eating zombies. What the hell is wrong with everyone?? I kinda just think cannibalism is on the rise… or maybe its all part of the plan..?
C: COURTNEY LOVE vs. A BEAR- IN AN ALL OUT BATTLE TO THE DEATH, WHO WINS?
H: Probably Courtney Love, she’ totally a scrapper. But I’m totally cheering for the bear- to just like rip her head off in one swoop and dance around in those weird lace rags and wear her nosejob on a bear necklace… then he could high five Macaulay Culkin about it. That would be tight.
Hannah Stouffer’s website