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.
I choose objects that have the same inherent qualities as empty space. Specifically, I am interested in two kinds of objects: those that are ephemeral and those that have somehow lost their “objectness.” Tin foil, bubble wrap, and other reflective or transparent materials have a poetic way of disappearing into their surroundings, becoming one with the space itself. Vents, empty vessels, and other objects, not currently serving their particular function, are snapshots of liminal moments. Observational painting requires careful, methodical, and empathetic looking, and the resulting voyage of discovery is always enlightening.
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). 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 is represented by Gallery 19 in Chicago. Her work has been featured in issues #119 and #123 of New American Paintings as well as several Manifest INPA and INDA publications. She was one of the 2015–16 Manifest Artists-in-Residence. Haring teaches drawing and design courses in the School of Design at DAAP, and she has been a Resident Instructor at Manifest Drawing Center since 2016. She currently maintains a studio in Cincinnati, where she spends an inordinate amount of time staring at the color of dust.