Now residing in Los Angeles, the multi-talented Hannah Vandermolen grew up in Boston among a family of artists and teachers; her father, an illustrator and filmmaker who taught her to draw before she could read, and her mother, a photographer. An itinerant street punk, she left home at 17 to study abroad and travel the world. She visited 51 countries pursuing a dual study in Art and Biology at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Scuola di Grafica in Venice, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and the Gage Academy in Seattle before finishing her BFA at Cal State Long Beach. It was there that she was encouraged by a teacher to move away from science and commit fully to art. Her interest in biology, zoology and anatomy continue to infuse and inform her visual art.
Discovered by Next agency, she then modeled in New York for a number of years where she worked with photographers such as Steven Klein and Glen Luchford appearing in Italian Vogue, Interview, i-D, Nylon, Love Magazine and Marie Claire. She took painting commissions and taught art to supplement her income.
In addition to playing guitar and the singing saw she is an accomplished vocalist and lyricist who has collaborated with Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle, The Crystal Method, Tommy Lee and Brooke Candy. She has recorded vocals for Fat Mike of NOFX and for an upcoming collaborative project between the three drummers of Bauhaus, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. She recently completed an album with her longtime partner, Danny Lohner, formerly of Nine Inch Nails.
In both her visual art and her music she seeks to convey her multifaceted understanding of the world: in her lyrics she explores her own idiosyncrasies with the curiosity of a scientist, and in her paintings she reveals the landscape of her experience with the openness of a traveler. Through pen stroke and brushstroke she asserts the message that life is an experience to be enjoyed and revered, no matter where it takes you.