Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 25th 7 – 9 pm | Gallery Talk 7:30 pm
Target Gallery is happy to announce Caroline Hatfield as 2018’s solo exhibition recipient. Hatfield’s work explores concepts of utopia and science fiction through the experience of sites, landscape, and materiality in their interdisciplinary practice. Growing up in a Southern Appalachian coal mining community, Hatfield’s artwork features subjects of environmentalism and land use. They have a lot of personal significance to Hatfield, who recalls the region’s ironic juxtaposition of protected wilderness and mined land as a major influence on their work.
Sculptural landscapes composed of industrial relics, geological formations, and mutable material obscure boundaries and accumulate into form. The combined objects and materials emanate an energy of transformation and process, often with a cyclical quality. Depicting elemental landscapes and geological force, their work references the sublime experiences of our world while shifting outwards towards a science fictional sublime. Foreign but familiar, the models, miniatures, depictions, and descriptions of alternative worlds offer a glimpse of potential found in the balance of presence and absence.
Caroline Hatfield received their BFA in Sculpture at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, and is a candidate for MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art at Towson University, Towson, MD.