Haggarty’s drawings present an honest and fractured view into the artist's domestic space. Scenes in this work are often using a bedroom as a location; but weave in the timely intimacy of the last two years in living alone and in company, with and without pets, with grief, and with art. The invitation into the most private of spaces is direct and personal; subject matter freely enters the bedroom and its dream space. Haggarty welcomes this fluidity and references art history, intimacy and its psychology in both clear and obscure ways. The artist’s use of diverging perspectives and light sources is a narrative tool: it invites a productive confusion and asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief.
Catherine Haggarty is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her paintings and curatorial work have been reviewed by and featured in Bomb Magazine, Artnet, Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine, The New York Times, Maake Magazine, Art Maaze Magazine, Art Spiel, Final Friday Podcast, Sound and Vision Podcast, The Black and White Project, Curating Contemporary’s book Eraser, and The Observer.
Haggarty has been a visiting artist & critic at MICA (2022), UCONN MFA (2022), Pratt BFA (2022), The University of Oregon (2021), Boston University MFA (2021), SUNY Purchase MFA (2020), Hunter MFA (2020), Denison University (2020), Brooklyn College MFA (2019) and in 2018 Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University. Solo exhibitions include Massey Klein Gallery (NYC), This Friday Next Friday (Brooklyn), Bloomsburg University (PA), One Main Window (NYC), One River School of Art and Design, Proto Gallery (NJ), and Look and Listen in Marseille, France. Haggarty earned her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA), and is the co-founder and director of The NYC Crit Club.