I feel a moral obligation to record the mundane, everyday objects. I believe they deserve to be noticed and remembered. My paintings elevate the ordinary objects I find in my home or on the floor of my studio. By painting them, I preserve their shapes, colors, and textures in an attempt to make sense of life.
My small, minutely observed paintings describe the larger worlds of my immediate environment and psyche. The small scale and finely rendered details draw viewers close and invite them to enter the quiet, deceptively deadpan world of the paintings.
I paint every crack and stain with the same affection I have for personal objects – my grandmother’s lace doily, my make-up, a well-worn pair of shoes. Every part of the painting receives equal attention. By isolating overlooked everyday things on a canvas, I give them importance and moral authority. My work aims to disrupt and transform our relation with the familiar.
Cathrine Hancher first learned to paint with oil at the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art and Design in Florence, Italy. She has practiced painting for the past ten years and in 2012 received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015 she moved to Leesburg, Virginia where she teaches art at a local high school and paints in her home studio. This summer she will be working in studio 334 Sunday-Tuesday from 10 am - 6 pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as an associate artist.