It’s important, though difficult, to take a step back and observe life in order to see past the maya, the yogic term for illusion, of our belief systems and the unconscious patterns we subscribe to on our daily treadmills. Like the romantic black cameo on the white cuff of her black penguin tuxedo dress, Hannah and her long red tresses are the very picture of the pre-Raphaelite paintings that she adores, in a Victorian blouse from her aunt and her grandmother’s black straw hat. Landon, with half of his hair dyed blonde and the other black, in utilitarian flight suits and painter’s tunics, loves the abstraction of de Kooning and Rothko and its raw, emotional expression. Yet despite their differences, both are dreamers and idealists, unified in their struggle with time and being present in the intense grind of life, particularly in New York City.
Hannah is Canadian born with the characteristic “flower shop-owning, thrift store clothing-wearing…super laid-back love for nature, golden retrievers, skateboarding, [and] hikes in the mountains.” Her obsession with the nostalgia of mint lace dresses and floral veiled hats inspires Hannah to design vintage lingerie and collect and sell antique clothes, but leaves her resisting the pressure of chronic questions about the future: “What are you going to be when you grow up? What do you want to be? What school are you going to go to? Where are you going to live? It’s always looking forward and there’s not much emphasis placed on the beauty of now.” Landon has his own sense of nostalgia, with a particular regard for wild nomads like Huck Finn, whose childhood on the river was nothing like his own, growing up in Phoenix – the character’s sartorial influence can be seen in his signature straw hat. Of his art, Landon says, “I try to think of it as remembering a painting instead of creating something. It existed, you just take it… it’s all about perception.” I love how Landon wants others to see in his paintings their same source of creativity that he draws from and how Hannah loves to step outside of her own style when buying for other people, we’re all interconnected after all.