Welcome! I'm Sarah and I am happy you stopped by!
I am a Chicago based artist exploring art, and getting a kick out of living life with a chronic illness, LITERALLY, FIGURATIVELY, and jokingly.
I studied at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a BFA, and Boston University were I received my MFA. My painting Wiedersehen (Goodbye) was on the cover of the magazine Meat Paper http://www.meatpaper.com/issues/index.htm, (issue fourteen), and a painting, A chronic Illness, was exhibited in New York City twice. On a daily basses I like to pass my time painting, blogging, and laughing with my 2nd saint bernard, Buttercup by my side.
about my work
Charles Dickens once said “...Whoever is devoted to an art must be content to deliver himself wholly to it and to find his recompense in it.” Art has been my recompense… my constant prayer through my many years of being chronically ill. Especially, now I have reached the point where my healthy years no longer outnumber the sick ones. So, I offer up each creation of art as a prayer to God; a conversation between me and God about this world I get to live in.
Currently, I have been working on my flower drawings. In the past, they have been a way to number the days I have been in chronic pain. However, I’m not sure how this happened, but they seem to have become more of a celebration of my constant determination to find happiness in the pain. One day, they turned from back and white… into to color.
When I first choose to portray meat in my paintings, I was reeling from a death in my family. Before that point, I had never thought of painting meat. However, at that moment I happened to think about two things. One, Dutch still life painters and their still life’s of meat and of my own family. Two, my grandfather was once a butcher. So, it seemed natural to start painting meat in that instant. Meat became a good way to represent the life and death that surrounded me. Later on, meat became a great way to show constant physical pain in my work.
The evolution of the rubber chicken came for my long-term admiration of Chaim Soutine's chicken paintings and it mixed well with my sense of humor. Ultimately, resulting in the birth of my chicken paintings. In my work, the hanging rubber chicken describes both the comedy and endlessness of a chronic illness and at times, depicting Christ and Christ’s sense of humor.