CATHERINE LEPP

ART WORK

CATHERINE LEPP

SWIMMERS 2007-2021

ON VIEW AT MARK BORGHI GALLERY SAG HARBOR SEPTEMBER 10 thru October 7, 2021
https://www.markborghi.com/exhibitions/31-catherine-lepp-swimmers-2007-2021/

Catherine Lepp’s Swimmers series arises from years of observing her children in the water: diving, coasting, surfing—and wiping out. These works reflect the freedom of bodies utterly outside the context of day-to-day living, away from hard surfaces, unyielding boundaries and the habitual axis imposed by gravity.

Alternately tumbling, turning and held aloft within the melee of aquatic forces, Lepp’s swimmers are a beautifully awkward confusion of heads, knees, and knowingly rendered soles of feet. The swimmers’ dynamism is brought forth through staggered brushstrokes capturing at once reflected light and volume, barely maintaining their solidity amidst a playful chaos. The perspective of the work shifts along with the changing nature of the subject: Sometimes the figures are seen from above, sometimes from below. Lepp’s paintings slowly suggest that the artist, and perhaps by extension the viewer, is both spectator and participant—sharing the same fluid space, the vibrations and current communications taking place beneath the waters’ surface. When speaking of her work the artist references influences as diverse as Goya’s enigmatic figures and Hiroshige’s stately images of the absolute power of nature: a polarity that in Lepp’s work has given way to tender portraits of lives in flux.

—Christina Kee August 2021

WAVE #!1 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

WAVE #2 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

DIVING 2021 20"x20" oil on canvas

WAVE 4 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

SURFER 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

SURFER UNDER 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

SURFER UNDER 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

BEACH 2021 18"x18" oil on canvas

BLUE DIVER 12"x16" oil on canvas 2021

BLUE DIVER 2 12"x16" oil on canvas 2021

BLUE DIVER 3 12"x16" oil on canvas 2021

FLOATING 2021, 24x36" oil on canvas

Breaking The Waves, 48" x 60" each, oil on canvas, 2010/11

WIPE OUT!, 20089 60x72" oil on canvas

DIVER 1 2008/9, 60x72" oil on canvas

DIVER 2 2008/9, 60x72" oil on canvas

Ceiling Painting, 6'x10', Oil on Canvas, 2008, Private Collection

ORION 2007-8, 60x72" oil on canvas

PUSH OFF!!! 2007, 60x72" oil on canvas

SURFACE 2007, 24x36 oil on canvas

pool and frog, 36"x54", oil on canvas, 2004 Private Collection

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