CATHLEEN CLARKE: Hungry Soul

June 28, 2022 to August 26, 2022
  • CATHLEEN CLARKE, Hungry Soul

    CATHLEEN CLARKE

    Hungry Soul

    My work is inspired by childhood and the enigmas that surround it. I have long explored the ever profound themes of memory, mystery, and the passing of time through my portrayal of subjects, often appearing and disappearing as distorted figures in my paintings. Each layer of paint is an attempt to interpret a moment in time that would have otherwise been overlooked or forgotten, and evokes a reminiscence that is slowly, sometimes resistingly, fading away. 

     

    I am influenced by the personal experience of my childhood, and frequently reference old family photo albums, collected letters and notes, as well as films and books that continue to pervade my own thoughts and memories. Although I may begin a painting from a concrete reference, as I paint, I look at it less and less, allowing myself the chance to expose and interpret subtleties in everyday moments that are often unseen. Imagination and wonder become key elements in my work. In this way, the reference becomes only a small piece in my process, and is sensed only as but a fleeting imprint, embedded within the end result, creating the space for a life both beyond and outside of the original moment. 

     

    In my most recent body of work, I've created a group of paintings that are loosely based on the 1955 thriller noir film Night of the Hunter. While the film, which draws on the true story of Harry Powers, who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of two widows and three children in Clarksburg, West Virginia, is most notably centered around the dichotomy of good vs. evil, I am most interested in exploring the underlying motifs of religion, youth, innocence, deception, vulnerability, and misogyny. The process of rewatching this film as an adult, viewed alongside other TV shows, books, music and even some personal photos, has brought these themes to the surface, allowing for an opportunity to center them in my practice through my own palette, vernacular, and subjects. 

  • Cathleen Clarke (b. 1988)

    Cathleen Clarke (b. 1988)

    Cathleen Clarke (b. 1988 in Chicago, IL) gained her BFA in Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2014. She now works and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Clarke had her first solo show If You Ever Make it Home in San Francisco in 2014. From 2011 to present, her works have been widely exhibited in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. She was selected to attend the NARS Foundation International Artist Residency in 2019, and was chosen as a finalist for the Hopper Prize Award in 2018. Her recent exhibition Whatever Hour You Woke There Was a Door Shutting at Fou Gallery was her first solo show in New York.

  • Cathleen Clarke, Cousins in Yellow, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    Cousins in Yellow, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    30 x 24 in
    76.2 x 61 cm
  • Cathleen Clarke, Heart & Soul, II, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    Heart & Soul, II, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    20 x 16 in
    50.8 x 40.6 cm
  • Cathleen Clarke, Beware of Them That Stare, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    Beware of Them That Stare, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    40 x 30 in
    101.6 x 76.2 cm
  • Cathleen Clarke, Feathered and Frayed, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    Feathered and Frayed, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    24 x 24 in
    61 x 61 cm
  • Cathleen Clarke, Left Hand, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    Left Hand, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    12 x 12 in
    30.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Cathleen Clarke, Heart & Soul, I, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    Heart & Soul, I, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    20 x 16 in
    50.8 x 40.6 cm
  • Cathleen Clarke, The Ugliest Prey, 2022

    Cathleen Clarke

    The Ugliest Prey, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    24 x 24 in
    61 x 61 cm