Wilderness – An Exhibit of Drawings by Caitlin Hackett
detail of In the Aftermath, ballpoint pen, water color, colored pencil, ebony pencil and gesso; 56.4×67.2″
Anagnorisis Fine Arts is very excited to announce our upcoming exhibit of the work of Caitlin Hackett. This wonderful show will be on view from February 5th through March 9th. You can preview the work at our online gallery by clicking here. Please join us for the opening reception:
145 East Houston Street
between Forsyth and Eldridge
New York, NY
F-Train to the Second Avenue Station
Friday, February 5th, 7-10pm
Artist’s Statement: I can still gallop on all fours. I don’t mean the usual crawl on hands and knees of childhood, what I mean is both hands and feet on the ground running, like a horse or a cat. I used to gallop up and down the hallways of my house inexhaustibly. It’s the ungainly but irresistible desire for the physical sensation of running, to feel the pull of the earth pound per pound. I wanted to touch the ground, to slide my hands over the body of it. For the same reason I am attracted to animals, and to bodies. Textures of fur, the ripple of muscles, the way the small bones in hands move like piano keys beneath the thin skin. This same desire to touch draws me to paper, every different tooth and the way each paper takes line, how watercolor paint can spill and bloom across the different surfaces.
With my art I question what is natural; are we (human beings) still a part of nature? If so, does that make all that we have created, cities, vehicles, factories, all technology, part of nature as well? As we move into an increasingly plastic, electronic, and robotic culture how can we define our own fundamental nature as the nature of the world around us changes and our metaphysical identity evolves into something beyond the human as an animal? As we separate from our animal nature, will we be able to still see and understand the importance of other animals and our relationship to them? As we are able to remove ourselves from our own physical bodies and come to experience life through the metaphysical, the digital, and the psychic, how will this distance from our own bodies and the physical experience of the world affect our relationship with nature and the way we see creatures who exist completely within their physical bodies and are defined by their physical needs?
Caitlin’s work is also in Anagnorisis’ Little Deaths group exhibit at Shadow’s Space gallery until mid-February.