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Manifest Artist Residency

Samantha Haring

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 received a scholarship from the Union League Club in Chicago in 2013. Her paintings have been exhibited across the country, recently in the “Art of Painting” exhibition juried by William Bailey. Haring’s work is included in the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5; her work will be published in the fall 2015 Midwest issue of New American Paintings.

Artist's 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. Using my studio as subject matter, I create observational paintings that blur the line between representation and abstraction.

The artist’s studio is full of memory; its history is evident in the residue layered on the walls and floor. These remnants serve as a metaphor for the imprint people leave behind on each other and on the world. By selecting forgotten corners, blank expanses, and abandoned objects, I question the intangibility of loss and its visible effects. Mortality, ephemerality, and the ineffable imperfections of reality are reexamined anew through the ever-changing play of light and shadow in space. Emptiness is an illusion. Even in silence, there is a tremendous amount of noise.

This page will serve as Manifest's MAR document for Samantha Haring's
Residency. We will occasionally update it with news, studio pictures, and works made while at Manifest. The images pictured at right are a sampling of those submitted with her application.


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Information on how to apply for future MAR awards can be found here.




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