This oil stick painting features an animal silhouette in the center, suggesting a narrative moment just before an animal runs away. The composition limits viewers' perspective to a thinly painted and delicate chair in the foreground. The chair, a long-standing subject in art history, stands in for a person—perhaps suggesting some part of ourselves that watches animals move around and with us. Haggarty employs a combination of oil stick and air brush to render the fur of an animal or rug, which softens this painting and makes it more relatable to viewers while still retaining a haunting sensibility.
Catherine Haggarty has been investigating painting through the lens of drawing for a decade. The artist's work frequently depicts animals and interiors, as well as people resting at home and other spaces. Haggarty uses an airbrush gun, wax crayons and oil stick to explore mark-making—as well as the infallible and idiosyncratic ways in which drawing and writing relate to painting. Drawing from the Edo period of Japanese art, Indian painting and Indigenous art, the artist’s experience as a lecturer and critic have influenced her desire to honor elements of neglected art history in her compositions.
Catherine Haggarty’s paintings explore forgotten elements of art history in their depiction of animals, interiors and human subjects resting in their home. Using an airbrush gun alongside wax crayons and oil sticks, the artist’s work explores the idiosyncratic ways in which drawing and writing relate to painting. Haggarty employs pictorial strategies studied and taught in her seminars—drawing influence from diverse sources, including the Edo period of Japan, Indian painting and indigenous art.
This oil stick painting features an animal silhouette in the center, suggesting of a narrative moment just before an animal runs away. The composition limits viewers' perspective to a thinly painted and delicate chair in the foreground.More
- This work is available until 3:00 PM, Oct 1, 2022.