Light Garden, 2021, Tempera, Acrylic, and Sharpie on Craft Paper, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, unframed.
Cahill's works on paper culminate at the intersection of line and the events occurring in her life, often personal, sometimes political or social. She works very rapidly, in a stream of consciousness fashion, allowing the work to emerge as the materials and line speak to her and she respond to each decision, one after the other. Cahill often rejects aspects of the painting by painting over them or gluing patches of paper on to the areas that she deems unworthy. Sometimes, cut outs from other artworks become the perfect, collaged patch. After a long series of quick decisions and revisions, the painting reveals itself as something that has been on Cahill's mind, and maybe even your’s, during the preceding hours and days.
Paula Cahill is a contemporary American artist. She is known for her intense study of line which is the basis of her work across various media. She holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture. She also studied at the Art Students League of New York and Parsons School of Design as a transfer student. Paula’s award winning work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows throughout the Northeast and California. Her paintings are included in prestigious private and public collections, most notably the Charles Library Collection at Temple University, the PNC Bank Collection, and Capital One Headquarters to list a few. She continues to work out of her studio at the historic Crane Buildings in the Kensington-Fishtown area of Philadelphia since 2013.