Hannah Moghbel grew up as a German-Iranian immigrant in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Art Education from Shepherd University, WV in 2007. Her work explores themes of desire and feminine identity through detailed representational paintings. She is currently based out of Colorado Springs, CO.
"In a Certain Light" A New Exhibition by Hannah Mogbhel
For the past 10 years I have been painting images of luscious fruit as a way to explore ideas about the inner world of desire, longing, and infatuation. In my latest body of work, the figure of a woman makes a surprising entrance. These intimate figure paintings are inspired by the memory of a close friend in the prime of her youth and the precious period of innocence that we shared.
On a more abstract level, my paintings are an attempt to enshrine fleeting moments of truth. They seek to capture revelations of shifting light and the mysterious transience of reflective shadows.
In her book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, author and psychologist, Clarissa Pinkola Estes describes a primal and universal desire to rekindle one’s own relationship with the wild-intuitive part of ourselves in. This excerpt summarizes the essence of my musings on longing and also describe the soul of my creative process:
“We cannot make the mistake of attempting to elicit this great feeling of love from a lover, for this woman’s labor of finding and singing the creation hymn is solitary work, a work carried out in the desert of the psyche.”