Invocations is Brooklyn-based artist Karen Heagle's first exhibition with Sargent's Daughters. The show presents new paintings on paper and panel, exploring Heagle's recurrent themes: sexuality and queer identity, feminism, power, history and the fleeting nature of life.
The title Invocations conjures religious and mythical associations; a direct call upon a deity. In this new body of work the subjects are mostly stripped of their surroundings, rendered elegant, mysterious and mythical. Referencing Dutch still lives, Pasolini, the book of Revelations and Greek Mythology, Heagle presents a familiar cast of animals and humans, often gazing outwards at the viewer with a saintly stillness.
Heagle eschews ordinary beauty, focusing instead on the overlooked, coaxing her subjects from marginal to magical. Her sphere of saints and martyrs, gods and goddesses is populated with characters more often shunted to the sides, or eternally damned for their transgressions. Brought together, they form their own constellation: real, messy, gloriously alive.