D. Lammie-Hanson, New Orleans, LA Member Since February 2010 Artist Statement D. Lammie-Hanson is a self-taught artist who was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She began her life in the arts as a dancer at the tender age of 3 ½ at the Ruth Williams Dance Studio in Harlem with ballet. She exhibited talent as a visual artist at the age of 5. Due to the fact that she was raised strictly Catholic, she drew her inspiration from figures in the Stations of the Cross from church and the stories they told. As she matured so did her art where her inspiration was derived from psychological and emotional side of womanhood and her culture. She relies on strong primary colors of blues and reds to convey brilliance or simplicity with black/white.
Lammie’s professional career started in 1989 in upstate New York at local taverns and street festivals which led to two solo shows in Albany. Upon her return to New York City, she found alternative venues to exhibit her artwork instead of relying on the traditional gallery setting for new work. Eventually, she was invited to show her “Black on Black” series in a one person show at the Hamilton Landmark galleries in Harlem and at Villa Lewaro, the former home of Madame CJ Walker. One of her paintings was chosen to be a part of the “Coalition for the Homeless” Exhibit at the United Nations office at Geneva’s Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1999, Lammie co-founded with two fellow artists the community artists’ organization, South of the Navy Yard Artists, Inc. which is a not for profit artists for artists organization based in Brooklyn.
In 2003 & in 2006, she exhibited in a one person show in Berlin Germany at the Gallery 24. In 2004, she collaborated on a multimedia exhibit titled “The Interpretation of Black of Hanson Brown”. This “Hanson Brown” exhibit became a comprehensive and introspective show of the color and culture of Black from a historical and a pop culture point of view. The show toured from 2005-2006 to Atlanta, GA; Brooklyn, NY; and Berlin, Germany. She has exhibited on numerous occasions with the New York City Health and Hospitals Art collection with a photographic piece in their permanent collection.
During 2007-2008, she was appointed the director and curator of the ElevenTen Gallery which was the community gallery of SONYA. The gallery is now located out of the Parlor Gallery.
In late 2008, Lammie relocated to Atlanta, GA and in 2009, she published her first book about her art and the stories that inspired their creation called 'Painting the Individual Psyche'. This book celebrates the first 20 years of D. Lammie-Hanson's artwork as well as displays over 80+ images. That same year, she exhibited for the first time at the National Fine Black Fine Arts Show, in NYC; the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, in Alpharetta, GA; and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta GA.
When Lammie is not creating art, she is writing songs and performing with her Alternative Indie Experimental Rock band, Son.Aria. and her personal music project, LammSong