Figure It Out, 2021, Oil on canvas, 48 x 96 in
Ahern’s paintings blend the purely figurative with an uncompromising sense of abstraction in ways that highlight both the vulnerability and resiliency of the human form. Obsessed with the figure, she explores the cause and effect of shifting relationships as they occur within technological spaces, creating connections that speak to memory, metaphor, and perception.
Using the language of color and collage paired with forceful yet precisely controlled brushwork her paintings bring an appealing strength to compositions that convey a wealth of emotion. With this concept as her golden thread, Ahern weaves rich life experiences into paintings that create connections between figuration and surrounding symbolism. The resulting dialogue between form, composition, imagery and color is an ever-evolving conversation.