Catalyst Projects Announces: Identimorph – Identity Portraits

By Editorial Team on January 6, 2014
Sharon Shapiro, Vixen, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24"x 20”
Sharon Shapiro, Vixen, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24″x 20”
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11 from 6pm to 9pm


Exhibit runs January 9 through February 1, 2014.

Catalyst Projects announces a new exhibition: Identimorph – Identity Portraits.

Identimorph features portraits by two artists who transcend the visible and hint at the underlying psychology of the subject. Faces split into multiples, vibrating, morphing into other beings, or accompanied by symbols carrying hidden meaning – all these allude to different facets of a person. The result is a complex representation beyond the purely aesthetic.

Sharon Shapiro (VA) Shapiro’s portraits examine the human psyche by blurring boundaries “between the human and animal world, causing the viewer to question these borders – where they came from, why they’re important, and why trespasses upon them are both disturbing and compelling.” The result is an emotional characterization that portrays the inner struggle “between a person’s placid exterior and their churning, riotous core.”

Jessika Dene Tarr (MD) Tarr’s playfully dark portraits were inspired by 19th century German children’s book art. Using mixed media, she continues the narrative tradition by illustrating sometimes humorous and at other times apprehensive characters. Fluid lines add a “graphic aesthetic” to her pieces, in which Tarr “intends to remind the viewer that one can be inspired and intrigued by unhappy endings.”

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday thru Saturday: noon to 7 pm
  • and by appointment

Catalyst Projects’ 500+ square foot gallery and project space is located at Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, the center of a fast growing arts community. Catalyst Projects is accessible by the Brookland-CUA metro stop on the red line and on the 80 bus route. Street parking is available. For more information contact or visit