|Katelyn Eichwald – Practical Magic|
April 9 – May 9 2017
|On Trump’s Inauguration Day, painter Katelyn Eichwald’s husband was hospitalized with a serious illness. Holding everything together in a time of crisis required a kind of witchcraft: spells seemed as likely to help as doctors. The paintings in “Practical Magic” are moody and paranoid, but they are also rooted in the physical world — murky with egg tempera the color of dried blood, on unprimed canvas scraps cut roughly like animal skins. Lizards flick their fire tongues; women lean over strange brews; a pack of dogs circles endlessly in the rain, as if bewitched. These are paintings for people who google medical terminology with their breath held; who read message boards; who buy small rocks and talismans from gift shops and squeeze them in their palms while they sleep. They are paintings for desperate people, which is all of us.|
Katelyn Eichwald lives and works in Chicago. She earned an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco (2012) and a BFA from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (2009). Her most recent exhibitions include a 2-person show, “Katelyn Eichwald & Peter Shear,” at Alter Space in San Francisco and two group shows, “Domestic Tranquility” at Zero Zero LA in Los Angeles and “Mother Popcorn” at Big Medium in Austin.