Daina Higgins is a young painter gaining attention for her realistic style. Her most recent group of photorealistic paintings shows the artist at her best, roaming through the boroughs of New York uncovering the mysteries in the details that define the city and the way we experience it. Higgins has a keen eye for the unheralded, lonely spots that are ubiquitous around the city. Storefronts, car lots and underpasses are commonplace in an urban environment, but in Higgins world, they are always empty of people, thereby causing one to pause and reflect.
Rims is a play on the storefront, exposing equally what one sees inside the store and the reflection of the city on the glass window, including the artist’s figure photographing the scene. The images are distinctly painted, yet it is unclear what is in front of us and behind, challenging a notion of how we see and what we presume to know.
Her work was described by Dion Johnson in the catalog essay from her show at the University of LaVerne as “A hovering sense of fascination and mystery fills the air as daydreams and memories absorb the pavement and city structure.”
Originally from Columbus, OH, Higgins received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001 and MFA from Queens College in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New York, Columbus and Miami. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Image courtesy of the artist and Rebecca Ibel Gallery