Girls' School

The Girls' School project embraces the medium of painting, a medium that is inherently "slow" to make and "slow" to receive. The emphasis on the passage of time is echoed by the transitional age of the artist's subjects, who seem somewhere between childhood and adulthood. All of Scharlin's young girls are pictured posing in their school uniforms in various domestic tableaux: lounging on an overstuffed chair, standing by the mantle, grouped around an artist's easel. The paintings' brushstrokes, bold colors, and cozy compositions are meant to render the viewer unprepared for the depth of melancholy, seduction, or menace in these youthful faces. Scharlin's young charges are ultimately resonant ciphers for the exploration of identity.