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.
Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. She makes quiet paintings that discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence. Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring’s paintings have been exhibited nationally, recently in the 2017 Drawing Discourse exhibition at UNC Asheville. Her work is published in issues #119 and #123 of New American Paintings, Manifest INPA 4 and 5, and Manifest INDA 11. She currently lives and works in Cincinnati.