About Debra Ann | Atomic Mobiles
About Debra Ann
My name is Debra Ann and I founded and own Atomic Mobiles. I create modern art in the form of custom handmade kinetic hanging art mobiles. I've been creating mobiles for over a decade and have been an artist since I was a kid. 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 make the shapes perfectly cut, 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 mailorder company. Art is not only very enjoyable for me - it is my world.
About Atomic Mobiles
In the spirit of Alexander Calder, I strive to make modern art mobiles that bring color, form, and graceful movement to your home, office, or 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.
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. Look up! Put a mobile there! 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! Add a mobile for your customer's enjoyment. Mobiles are compelling, draw people in, and make great additions to dentist and medical offices, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, business offices, and galleries.
Artist Bio / Statement
I love anything modern -- especially midcentury modern -- with clean lines, and bright bold primary colors. I discovered Dada when I was a teenager and the world was never the same after that.
I'm originally from northern Indiana and moved west to California in 1990. I lived in San Francisco (the Haight Ashbury and the Mission) for 8 years, and then moved north to Marin County. The Bay Area was my home for 16 years. Go Giants!
I had an interesting 3 year stint in the Arizona desert - ah... scorpions running across the living room floor is a real hoot, not to mention 114 degree heat, Monsoon season, and haboobs - and then I moved to Southern California.
I now reside in the incredibly hip artsy neighborhood of Highland Park, in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA). Read about my LA neighborhood here: http://yorkandfig.com/
I love the work of Marcel Duchamp (who coined the phrase "mobiles" for Alexander Calder), Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber, Tristan Tzara, Hannah Hoch, Emmy Hennings, Hugo Ball, Man Ray, and Maholy-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 aesthetic!
More Fun Adventures
In addition to making custom modern hanging art mobiles and stabiles, I create bold color modern abstract art pieces with polymer clay and I'll be showcasing this work on a new art website, to be announced soon. I make high-quality large (up to 44") giclee prints in-house with my Epson PRO9800.
I'm a geek of sorts who is an html coder (BBEdit), and a computer programmer who worked on CD-ROM authoring back in the day. I did work on the foreign language section of the Herman Miller Aaron Chair CD-ROM.
I'm also a graphic designer, writer, experimental noise musician, webmistress (beside my own websites I design and maintain StephenHolmanArt.com for my friend Stephen), photographer, and I invent things.
I invented a polymer clay kneading machine, The NEVERknead, and extended it to also press cosmetic powders.
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.
I'm completely self-taught in everything that I do.
Pictures of my home:
My living room.
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 mobile.