That’s one of the first questions I put to artist Caitlin Hurd about
her oil paintings, which feature dazed, inert figures floating through
the landscape. But they aren’t floating as much as sleepwalking,
according to Hurd.
“It all started with how I wanted to live
my life,” she says. “Dealing with expectations of finding a husband,
making babies, living in a house—it felt like I could go through all of
the motions but be sleepwalking through life. That’s why I try to do
whatever I do with purpose—thinking about what I’m doing before I do
it,” she says.