For Casey, the concept of space is subjective, each painting challenges the notion of linear space
as a way to provoke preconceived perceptions. Multiple trap doors, staircases that lead to
nowhere, and ladders that extend to windows into the abyss all contribute to a spatial
The paintings encourage open interpretation. For Casey, “It’s like trying to see in the dark… it’s
all intuitive.” Starting from drawings of individual objects, Casey redraws and collages these
together, building relationships, narratives, and tension into what becomes the finished
composition. Her paintings do not begin with preconceived notions of a finished product; rather,
a story develops, emerging from her subconscious. Casey draws upon psychoanalysis, freeassociation,
dreams and the unconscious to make her paintings.
Casey, a new mother, has found imagery that evokes fertility and motherhood recurring in her
work. Vessels of varying shapes and use recur often. In Stunted Developments one such vessel is
stuck in a wooden table, half birthed, a cracked egg rests in a spoon atop an adjacent table, while
a blue vessel and sculpting materials are additional actors in this drama. Allusions to motherhood
The unsettling dissonance in scale and perspective animates her objects and lets them fall, float,
and rest in a state of tension and interrelation that adds to the mystery and intrigue of the artist’s
narratives. Behind the Curtain hints at the inherent mystery within the painting.
The overwhelming sense of oddity is furthered by the artist’s process; using only a dry brush,
Casey applies thin layers over an absorbent gessoed surface. The layering creates a mottled
patchwork to the surface that induces movement in the individual colors.
Casey’s objects are usually in a state of transition, where furniture is being broken, fixed or
carried. In Heavy Load/Broken Legs the front legs of a coral colored chair have buckled from the
pressure of a wrapped bundle tied with string and rather than crumble, the weight has caused
the chair to collapse into a defeated kneeling position. A similar metaphorical weight is felt in
Escape Plan (Attic Door), where a bronze Atlas-like sculpture is bent over carrying an empty
vessel, the body of the earth seemingly missing. Frozen moments, interruptions, and half states
are frequent in Casey’s paintings.