Black Fuzzy Hair
2015 Watercolor on Paper 50 x 51 inches
2015 Watercolor on paper 30 x 22 inches
2016 Watercolor on paper 22 x 15 inches SOLD
2014 Watercolor on Paper 67” x 44 ½”
2014 Watercolor on Paper 30” X 22”
Historically, watercolor as a medium has been thought to be one of lightness and transgression. The painter John Singer Sargent used the phrase dolce far niente, an Italian expression meaning “sweet doing nothing,” for his watercolors of reposing figures that were an opportunity for artistic experimentation, while simultaneously reveal and revel in the more intimate moments of his life. Kim McCarty is known for her watercolors of androgynous, waif-like adolescents, in a moment of transition. In her new series of watercolors, McCarty creates her own species of “painfully sweet” (dolorosamente dolce) creatures—both animal and human—as apparitions staring back at us. Some of the works appear like shrouds, saintly heads floating in space, an ethereal homage of artworks past, and perhaps the artist herself.