Mixed media PAINTINGS

'“This series is about making tangible the knowledge possessed by physicists and mystics,” Kagan says, “that all matter is composed of rapidly moving energy,” in which nothing is solid and nothing is separate. This language of spiritual science animates the paintings, infusing them with both a luminous ambiguity and a hyper-stylized specificity. Like water under a microscope, the waving tendrils of sea anemones, the pulpy flesh of earthworms, the frantic sparkle of amoebas, the coiling tresses of root systems, all bouncing to the disco beat of molecular heartbeats and at a great distance dissolving once again into something else entirely. Her palette is vividly intense, blue and gold, chartreuse, aubergine, oxblood, peach, goldenrod, lilac, seaweed, amber, ochre, sand, and swimming-pool blue.'

Excerpt from essay by Shana Nys Dambrot, “Sharon Kagan: Microscopic,” Huffington Post, March 17, 2017

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