Carolina Hardigree — “Detail of A Spirit Animal”

 

Welcome to SPOOKY KABUKI, sweet Carolina, I see you are dressed perfectly. In your suede 40’s heels, with electric-eel brooch and Japanese fan. Come in, come in.

If you haven’t heard of Carolina Hardigree yet, well, hold out your pillowcase cum candy sac ’cause I’m about to toss you a moon-touched treat.

Hardigree’s exploration of psyche and spirit often collides with animal totems, which only makes sense since Hardigree herself is a mythical creature. She’s a white owl who has sly secret fox ears and red fur that she hides beneath a regal ruffling of white feathers. And then there’s her girl self, with sweet solid legs and a fretful brow. Her human intelligence and her animal simpatico are present in all her paintings. She’s a phenomenal talent and an old soul.

  

The above piece — titled “Detail From a Spirit Animal” — is sure to ring a deep chord, down beneath the rungs of your ribs, for those who have received a detail or a message or an odd whisper of knowing from an unlikely source. That flicker from the corner of your eye which settles everything in a second. That jarring jolt which sends the tea things a clatter. The smoky shape afloat in the open doorway. I swear I have been in this moment, in this place, a million times and yet I’m seeing it now for brand new. I love her black turtleneck and how the spot beneath her clasped hands is alight with a ghosty white. I totally get that. How can one artist paint both clothing and elusive spirit so well? It is no wonder that I love Hardigree. She shows me what I wish to see.

Keep your third eye on Carolina Hardigree — she’s going strange places. If you are watchful, she just may take you with her.

 

2 Responses to “Carolina Hardigree — “Detail of A Spirit Animal””

  1. gammaword Says:

    I love her stuff! Thanks for this door/window. Wish I could see this stuff unfiltered though (i.e., live). I want to lick some of it. Or at least put it up against my chest. It sorta comes through there.

  2. alphabetfiend Says:

    I know! She’s a fierce talent. You must be really jealous of me though cause I got to see some of it WHILE it was still on the easel in the comfy gallery of her talisman-filled bedroom. Though I’ve never dared to take a lick — of her, yes, on her cheek or shoulder but NEVER of her paintings. I’d be askerd. She keeps promising to do one of me, of a vision I had of myself as a fox in too-high heels.

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