Remainder | Oil on Canvas | 24" x 24" | 2015
Interval | Chalk Pastel on Paper | 13" x 13" | 2015
Artist Statement: 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 in 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. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally, recently in the Wet Paint Biennial at the Zhou B Art Center. Haring’s work is published in issue #119 and the forthcoming issue #123 of New American Paintings, and her work is also featured in the MANIFEST International Painting Annuals 4 and 5. She is one of the 2015–2016 Artists-in-Residence at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.