Haley Hasler

by Matthew Innis |

Born in 1971, Haley Hasler, a Fort Collins, CO native, studied painting at Indiana University and earned an MFA from Boston University. Hasler has received numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Grant, and is a three-time winner of the Elizabeth Greenshields Award. Her work has appeared at MOCA Jacksonville, Florida, Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming; Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina; EVOKE Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Andrews Gallery at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia among others. Hasler is represented by Alpha Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.

Part biography and part theatre, Haley Hasler’s paintings depict ordinary life in extraordinary, exaggerated circumstances. She uses the self-portrait as a way to access the personal within an archetypal heroine. Through these iconic forms, she investigates artifice versus reality and interior versus exterior. The faces of her portraits convey the bewilderment and fatigue of motherhood in turbulent surroundings. Her work, which often includes depictions of her husband and children, explores the challenges facing a twenty-first century woman as she seeks to balance her roles as mother, wife, and individual. Although she portrays modern scenarios of juggling multiple tasks and children simultaneously, her paintings reference Renaissance compositions updated for the contemporary. Dressed in traditional ornamental attire, Hasler contorts herself into precarious poses to dress, feed, and entertain her loved ones, sometimes adopting mythical roles as tooth fairy and adventurer.

Where: Museum of Art, Fort Collins (CO)

When: August 3 – October 14, 2018

Museum of Art Fort Collins

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