Figurative painter Caitlin Hurd’s new exhibition at Florida Mining gallery is about moments suspended-in-time.
After the New York artist survived being run over by a car, these suspended moments that displace consciousness became a fascination warranting exploration in her work.
“These paintings attempt to make sense of the accident and these subtle and mysterious works convey the dark beauty that we all notice from time to time. My work is focused on the line dividing what is experienced and what cannot be expressed in words,” says Caitlin.
The work is not only about the transformation of a physical space, but also the transformation of people. Through these images, Caitlin investigates the concepts of transformation and change and how they are inherently bound together with rest and waiting.
“While some aspects of people and places transform, other aspects lay at rest. While we improve one piece of our city and ourselves, other pieces must (constructively) remain still.”
These pieces address how change involves a balance of activity and passivity.
“This work focuses on moments when time is suspended and the mind travels to other places… When we daydream, we are transported. We encounter experiences which are beyond words. We live whole other lives. And yet, just as we sometimes seek to escape our present time and space, we inevitably return to it and, for all its complexity, the world continues to offer us hope for growth and renewal.”
In Caitlin’s new work, the figure represents the waiting a person must endure while reconstruction takes place alongside the anticipation and wonder of what the future holds. This encourages the viewer to mentally put in place the missing or disjointed pieces, imagining for her or himself what the future will be.
See the Caitlin Hurd solo exhibition at Florida Mining in Jacksonville, Florida, through June 30, 2015. Florida Mining is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10am – 4pm.