About Debra Ann | Atomic Mobiles
About Debra Ann
My name is Debra Ann and I own and founded Atomic Mobiles more than a decade ago. I create modern art in the form of custom handmade kinetic hanging art mobiles. I've been an artist since I was a kid and I've always loved creating paintings, drawings, cartoons, sculpture, music, and writing.
I remember my 5th grade teacher back in the Midwest, Mrs. Ward, was obsessed with mobiles and we were given a classroom project of creating one. She pondered out loud how to perfectly cut the shapes, thinking they might have to be die-cut, and that memory sticks with me today.
I've been online since 1995 selling my art and music through my own mail order company. Art is not only very enjoyable for me - it is my world.
About Atomic Mobiles
In the spirit of the father of art mobiles, I strive to make modern art mobiles that bring color, form, and graceful movement to your home, office, or baby nursery. I love the way mobiles look and move so gently. The look is decidedly modern, mid-century modern to be specific. An art mobile adds the finishing touch to a beautiful modernist room and compliments such furnishings as Eames, Knoll, and Herman Miller.
Whether you live in an Eichler or 1950's atomic ranch home, a Palm Springs Alexander or Wexler, a contemporary or traditional, a shotgun home in Louisiana, an apartment, a pre-fab, or anything in between, a hanging mobile will add modern style, the finishing touch, to your beautiful room.
Look up! Put a mobile there!
Have a vaulted ceiling? A tall ceiling? Any ceiling? Then you NEED a hanging art mobile! I go on a lot of art walks and visit high-ceiling lofts and a lot of art galleries, and I'm always amazed at the lack of mobiles in these spaces. Where are the mobiles??
I see amazing 20 foot ceilings that are bare, plain, empty space. What a shame. Let's change that.
By all means, if you have a tall ceiling, fill that space with a beautiful moving mobile! You'll be so glad you did. Even if you have only a standard 8 foot ceiling, you can find a perfect spot to hang a mobile.
Businesses and especially medical / dental offices: Add a mobile for your customer's enjoyment. Mobiles are compelling, draw people in, and make great additions to dentist and medical offices (calming), retail stores, hotels, restaurants, business offices, and galleries. Get inspiration here!
We are human and we are filled with despair, happiness, grief, hope, dreams, fears, and as such we can never know precisely what another human being has experienced. Or is experiencing right now. My days are made up of doubt. Filled with sadness and bouts of joy. Or is it the other way around? We enter this world without the benefit of an agreement except to fly. To fly away and hope someone understands. To fly away and hope someone...
That's all we can hope for. That's all we can do. It is that rare moment when it happens and all too often it is fleeting if at all. If I am lucky someone one out there will drift toward me in this vast sea of internet and circumstance. And understand. And fly away with me. Soaring to new heights, yet barely ever moving.
That is the mobile.
Debra Ann discovered the wild wonderful world of Dada when she was a teenager and it changed her life. With an unwavering insistence of exploring the unusual and creative, she is an artist, underground experimental/noise musician, writer, graphic designer, coder, and photographer.
Originally from northern Indiana, she moved to California in 1990. She lived in San Francisco (the Haight Ashbury and the Mission) for 8 years, and then Marin County.
She now resides in the incredibly hip artsy neighborhood of Highland Park, in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA). Read about my LA neighborhood here: A Guide to Highland Park . And also Highland Park was voted #9th coolest neighborhood in the world (world?!?) by Timeout.com, read about it here.
I love the work of Marcel Duchamp (who coined the term "mobiles"), Hans Arp (who coined "stabiles"), Sophie Taeuber, Tristan Tzara, Hannah Hoch, Emmy Hennings, Hugo Ball, Man Ray, and Moholy-Nagy. Dada is one of my major influences.
I'm also influenced by abstract expressionism and avant-garde performance art. Of course I also love Ray and Charles Eames, Wayne Husted, Saarinen, George Nelson, Neutra, Julius Shulman, Finn Juhl, Isamu Noguchi, Hans Wegner, and the entire mid-century modern - MCM - aesthetic.
A boundless overachiever
In addition to making custom modern hanging art mobiles and stabiles, I make high-quality large (up to 44") giclee prints in-house with my Epson PRO9800. You can see my bold colorful abstract art here: Atomic Prints. You can also sign up for my Newsletter and get a FREE hi-res art download each month. Pretty cool!
I'm a geek of sorts who is an html and css coder (from scratch in BBEdit), and a computer programmer who worked on CD-ROM authoring back in the day. I worked on the code for the foreign language section of the Herman Miller Aaron Chair CD-ROM in the mid 1990s.
I'm also a graphic designer, writer, experimental noise musician, photographer, and webmistress. Is that enough? Of course not. In addition to my own websites, I created early versions of StephenHolmanArt.com for my friend Stephen, and created the first Mortiis.com website back in the late 1990s. I'm an avid photographer (my iPhone X and Canon EOS 80D). I also invent things.
I've done all my work on Apple Macintosh computers since 1994 when I got my first Mac, a Quadra 900 with a whopping 25 mb of RAM. I fondly remember attending Mac World at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in those amazing early years in the 1990s.
And if that weren't enough, j'apprends le français parce que je
I'm completely self-taught in everything that I do.
Pictures of my home:
My living room.
Some of my favorite things: books, Blenko lamps, Bowie, Joy Division, geometic shapes, red Eames chair, my 2 orchids, leopard print chaise lounge, McIntosh stereo (tube amp baby!), and a Large MCM Mobile.
A small portion of my Blenko and Vinyl LP collection, with Danish modern lamp and one of my abstract art pieces stretched on canvas. I have vintage Blenko glass (and mobiles! and my colorful art!) in literally every room of my home.
The pumpkin patch in my back yard a few autumns ago.
I love snake plants and these are over 4 feet tall, and flowering!
Part of my backyard featuring succulents, clover field, Krusty, and an 8 foot hanging MCM art mobile.
Artsy rendering of me in my studio.