Haley Hasler
Saginati AnimaliaInstallation at Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WYPortrait as a Bride of Sixteen Years (Long May Their Joys Endure)Portrait as Gerbil PageantLast Judgment of the Ivory-Billed WoodpeckerNocturnorum AnimaliumThe Morning News articleInstallation at Nicolaysen MuseumPortrait as a Sunday BrunchPortrait as Tooth FairyPortrait as TopiaryPortrait as TamerPortrait as PalominoPortrait as a Lady Bearing SnacksPortrait as an Allegory of FidelitySuburban PastoralPortrait Dreaming of Family VacationBirthday VFamily Portrait with Kimono and RavenIdyllic ChildhoodPortrait as AncestorsPortrait as Trick RoperPortrait with CousinsPortrait with Hors-d'oeuvresTea PartyWinter MadonnaCasilde IVPortrait as GillesFlight (Pony Ride)Theatre Paloma et AudraPortrait as Woman guarding PrairieFamily Flying KiteUntitledUntitledPortrait with BuffaloPortrait as a Lady Serving a MealPortrait as Saint Casilde
The self-portrait confronts the viewer with an outward representation of the inner self. Here is the exterior as seen by the interior.

The self-portrait as a character introduces a further element. While the self-portrait implies that the artist is showing us the truth, a representation of the exterior in disguise conveys the impossibility and doubleness of this endeavor.

Through the seemingly private world of self-portraiture and autobiographical narrative, I hope to present a compelling fictive world, without dictating a precise narrative or relying on a static symbolism. I try to invest the figure with an iconic confrontability – making it operate both as self-portrait and archetypal heroine.

Painting impels me to cross the border freely between the universe of things and the universe of the imagination. The former involves an urgent encounter between the eye and the exterior world, while the latter contains the interior universe of memory, history, narrative, and desire.