We first covered Caitlin Hackett's painstakingly detailed ball-point pen and watercolor paintings in Hi-Fructose Vol. 17, where she told us that her empathy for the natural world is the driving force behind her beautiful, yet morbid subject matter. Surrounded by her nature books and collections of bones in jars, from an early age, she has carried what she describes as "a profound sense of tragedy" for the destruction of nature.
The forces of good and evil clash in an apocalyptic new group show, "The Fall of the Watchers," at Philadelphia's Arch Enemy Arts. The concept of the exhibit was inspired by the Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish text that details the tale of the Watchers, angels sent to Earth and subsequently corrupted by humanity's hedonistic ways. While the work in "The Fall of the Watchers" is not overtly religious or even moralistic, artists like David Seidman, Caitlin Hackett, Chris Mars and Maria Teicher created a creeping, ominous mood reflective of the show's inspiration. The participants vary greatly in style and media — from watercolor to miniature sculpture — but their work shares an underlying tension and sense of foreboding. "The Fall of the Watchers" is on view through November 2. Take a look at some work from the show below.
There's something intrinsically horrifying about seeing the familiar mutated, spliced and perverted. Caitlin Hackett, Robert Bowen and Dave Correia's work certainly has this shock factor in common. The three artists, who are showing together in "Dark Matters" at San Francisco's Bash Contemporary on May 31, look to nature as their inspiration. But rather than depicting butterflies and daisies, their work collectively alludes to a world that's been polluted, mined, stripped of its forests and impregnated with nuclear waste.