What’s Your Nightmare?

What’s Your Nightmare?


  No one enjoys a nightmare, however, Hannah Lemley isn’t everyone. Taking her melancholy, bizarre, nightmares from concept to canvas, she transforms thoughts into incredible works of dark art.



  As the creative mind behind Nightmare Artistry, Hannah finds her inspiration in dreams, sometimes waking in the middle of the night to jot down ideas. Living a very empathetic, sensitive existence, those dreams can range from pure macabre to incoherent nonsense, but that’s where the best ideas begin.


“In 2000, I painted my first nightmare. It was nothing short of scribbles on canvas, but it gave an essence of the imagination I have. “


  I personally came across Hannah’s works a few months ago, and have been hooked ever since. Each piece she creates has a whimsically deranged beauty about it, which I cannot get enough of.


  One of the first pieces I came across was this horrifying nightmare; a half-man, half-beast. Even as a simple black and white piece of art, it gives me a shudder.


  Does this piece portray some evil entity devouring a soul? Or, does it perhaps display the monstrosity that a soul can become if you allow it?


  Either way, this visage provokes thoughts in much the same way a nightmare does. I mean, I can imagine waking up in a cold sweat fearing that this monstrosity was lurking in a darkened shadow of my room, only to pull my blankets a little tighter to my body, and to make sure none of my limbs were hanging off the bed.



  One of the first pieces I came across was this horrifying nightmare; a half-man, half-beast. Even as a simple black and white piece of art, it gives me a shudder.


  Does this piece portray some evil entity devouring a soul? Or, does it perhaps display the monstrosity that a soul can become if you allow it?


  Either way, this visage provokes thoughts in much the same way a nightmare does. I mean, I can imagine waking up in a cold sweat fearing that this monstrosity was lurking in a darkened shadow of my room, only to pull my blankets a little tighter to my body, and make sure none of my limbs were hanging off the bed.



  We’ve all been there, right?


  Not all of Hannah’s dark creatures depict something malevolent. Some, like this next piece, do not muster the “impending doom” sensation, but more illustrate that of a lost, mourning presence.


  This beautiful entity is a woman floating in an abyss of darkness. To me, it displays a feeling of incompleteness. With missing limbs, and seeming to dissipate among the emptiness, she appears to be mourning the loss of something dear.


  Not all of Hannah’s dark creatures depict something malevolent. Some, like this next piece, do not muster the “impending doom” sensation, but more illustrate that of a lost, mourning presence.



  This beautiful entity is a woman floating in an abyss of darkness. To me, it displays a feeling of incompleteness. With missing limbs, and seeming to dissipate among the emptiness, she appears to be mourning the loss of something dear.


  Everyone can relate to this feeling in some way, at some point in life. Loss is one of the most powerful emotions a being can know.


  Of Hannah’s many beautifully macabre works, I am most drawn to this eerily confusing black and white sketch. I have always been attracted to sketch-like art, and this piece is a perfect example of why.


  My interpretation of this piece is that of a person bound by themselves and their inner most thoughts. The depiction shows a figure having a multitude of emotion escape through its head; from the wailing cries of an open mouth, to the skulls and chains that bind. I personally love the large nails piercing the forefront of this entity’s skull, which to me represents the blistering headache that come with anxiety and uncertainty.


  Of Hannah’s many beautifully macabre works, I am most drawn to this eerily confusing black and white sketch. I have always been attracted to sketch-like art, and this piece is a perfect example of why.


  My interpretation of this piece is that of a person bound by themselves and their inner most thoughts. The depiction shows a figure having a multitude of emotion escape through its head; from the wailing cries of an open mouth, to the skulls and chains that bind. I personally love the large nails piercing the forefront of this entity’s skull, which to me represents the blistering headache that come with anxiety and uncertainty.



  The interpretations I have given are relative to my own opinions, experiences, and beliefs, but that’s what art is all about. Art is to be interpreted by the viewer, and everyone interprets a nightmare differently. Hannah’s depictions of her own nightmares are open to interpretation, and surely mean something different to her than to I. However, I find her cadaverous creations beautiful for depicting the darker side of thought and expression, and many others share this feeling. 


  Not only is Hannah involved in art through her creations at Nightmare Artistry, but she is also an administrator for the Dark Arts Compendium, as well as a contributor to the Dark Art Tarot Project, where she created the “Six of Coins” card. A few of the artists I have featured on site are part of these incredible groups, and with the fine skill and beautifully obscure works that Hannah creates, I am not surprised that she would be a collaborator for these growing projects.



  In the end, I find each of Hannah Lemley’s creations to be beautiful depictions of the thoughts behind a melancholic existence, and feel they capture the true essence of what it is like to be a human being. Whether or not they give you nightmares is up to your own interpretation, and with that being said, keep dreaming, and keep creating!


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