oil on canvas; 15×15”

“I make quiet paintings in a noisy world. My work is an intimate meditation on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. I aim to promote a reengagement with the mundane while creating a moment of reflection for the viewer. The artist’s studio is full of memory; its history is evident in the residue layered on the walls and floor, as well as the dusty objects scattered around the room. These remnants serve as a metaphor for the imprints people leave behind on each other and on the world. By painting forgotten corners, blank expanses, and abandoned objects, I explore the duality of absence and presence while questioning the intangibility of loss. Emptiness is an illusion. Even in silence, there is a tremendous amount of noise.”

ARTIST BIO: Samantha Haring is an artist and educator from Des Plaines, Illinois. She earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Haring is represented by Gallery 19 in Chicago. She currently maintains a studio in Cincinnati, where she spends an inordinate amount of time staring at the color of dust.