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  • Catherine McCarthy

    Hosfelt Gallery

    Over the last decade or so, the term appropriation has become a degraded catchall for the use of any kind of borrowed imagery. Catherine McCarthy’s paintings return the word to its truer meaning: to claim something as one’s own as though by exclusive right. When McCarthy incorporates fragments of old master paintings into compositions suggesting palimpsests, these bits of the past are subsumed into the present, functioning as part of the pieced-together fabric of the artist’s inner life. Drawn and painted layers of image and text include not only turbulent seascapes and Northern Renaissance

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