Catherine Haley Epstein

drawing, painting, installation, writing | Location Unknown
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Artist Statement

I am inspired by people, collective identity, public and private, yes and no, fragility, belonging and not belonging. If people understood what I said I saw in my work only, it would be lifeless. I am most happy the more people see the work differently than I do. I need the figure in my work. I respond to the abundance of imagery from the deluge of media available. I draw as a means to negotiate my position with our times. My work is prolific and varied. I tend to use a limited color palette so that information is lost in translation and replicated images are mere vestiges of themselves.

My work is an exploration of power – power within and outside, power in its implicit working through all levels of life and experience. Through exploring complex psychological states, my work strikes a balance between the very personal and the socially charged. My work is based on photographs mostly and there’s often a political undercurrent in the choice of imagery. I draw subject matter from the most banal to the most charged photojournalistic images. A portrait of Laurent Gbagbo innocuously next to a portrait of my son renders the political as defunct – power is stripped of its authority. Through making I render all things equal.

I associate mostly with the Romantic, beauty not in the sense of amorous passion (one that implies tragedy), but a beauty that sits in limbo accepting death and life, precision and imprecision. Recently I came across a philosophical discussion of the concept of Romanticism, and it seems my work really sits in these thoughts – there is beauty in the macabre, something can be sweet and violent. I liken my work more towards Delacroix’s sensibility in the sense that his approach is impulsive and violent, versus an Ingres whose approach is controlled and precise. While I admire the precise approach and waffle between the two, I sit most comfortably with the former. Like the Romantics I respect history to the utmost, though I do not venerate it. I explore it.

Recent Work

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Recent Series

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About Catherine Haley Epstein

Born: Montreal, Canada

EDUCATION

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, ITALY

AWARDS

2010 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studios Center, Johnson, VT
2006-07 Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA
1995 J. Barney Moore Prize in Fine Art, Clinton, NY
1995 William Gillespie Prize in Fine Art, Clinton, NY

SOLO SHOWS

2013 Sorting the Seeds, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 Learning to Say No, LinkSoul LAB, Oceanside, CA

CURRENTLY

WRITING - mindmarrow.wordpress.om
INSTRUCTING - art history, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
MAKING - series of paintings in my studio
GETTING - art in public schools

Website mindmarrow.com

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Artist Statement

I am inspired by people, collective identity, public and private, yes and no, fragility, belonging and not belonging. If people understood what I said I saw in my work only, it would be lifeless. I am most happy the more people see the work differently than I do. I need the figure in my work. I respond to the abundance of imagery from the deluge of media available. I draw as a means to negotiate my position with our times. My work is prolific and varied. I tend to use a limited color palette so that information is lost in translation and replicated images are mere vestiges of themselves.

My work is an exploration of power – power within and outside, power in its implicit working through all levels of life and experience. Through exploring complex psychological states, my work strikes a balance between the very personal and the socially charged. My work is based on photographs mostly and there’s often a political undercurrent in the choice of imagery. I draw subject matter from the most banal to the most charged photojournalistic images. A portrait of Laurent Gbagbo innocuously next to a portrait of my son renders the political as defunct – power is stripped of its authority. Through making I render all things equal.

I associate mostly with the Romantic, beauty not in the sense of amorous passion (one that implies tragedy), but a beauty that sits in limbo accepting death and life, precision and imprecision. Recently I came across a philosophical discussion of the concept of Romanticism, and it seems my work really sits in these thoughts – there is beauty in the macabre, something can be sweet and violent. I liken my work more towards Delacroix’s sensibility in the sense that his approach is impulsive and violent, versus an Ingres whose approach is controlled and precise. While I admire the precise approach and waffle between the two, I sit most comfortably with the former. Like the Romantics I respect history to the utmost, though I do not venerate it. I explore it.

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About Catherine Haley Epstein

Born: Montreal, Canada

EDUCATION

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, ITALY

AWARDS

2010 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studios Center, Johnson, VT
2006-07 Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA
1995 J. Barney Moore Prize in Fine Art, Clinton, NY
1995 William Gillespie Prize in Fine Art, Clinton, NY

SOLO SHOWS

2013 Sorting the Seeds, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 Learning to Say No, LinkSoul LAB, Oceanside, CA

CURRENTLY

WRITING - mindmarrow.wordpress.om
INSTRUCTING - art history, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
MAKING - series of paintings in my studio
GETTING - art in public schools

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