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Sarah Fagan (MAP #92)
Featured Artist : Scholarship Award

Apology
acrylic on panel
20″ x 16″

Organize
acrylic on panel
12″ x 12″ x 1.5″

Peninsula
acrylic on panel
20″ x 16″

As a a painter, I elevate the status of everyday objects through the medium of acrylic on panel In a blend of painterly strokes and trompe l’oeil. Turning my back on the horizontal views typically employed by still life painters, I present my subjects from an aerial perspective, sans environment. The resulting visual immediacy forces confrontation between object and viewer. Accordingly, I consider the sensual and visual, as well as cerebral, impacts the chosen objects may deliver. Objects paired create an untold narrative. Groupings of manmade and natural items form relationships. I play off of the innate order of things found in the natural world as well as humanity’s tendency to compartmentalize, classify, and find meaning in such order — even if the meaning is arbitrary. I depict objects to which I am viscerally drawn — the concept of the hand is vital in my choices. I layer my panels with gesso, paint, and acrylic gel medium to create thick surfaces into which I scratch, slather, hide, reveal, and ultimately depict my objects.

Sarah received a BA in Fine Arts and English Literature from Stonehill College, just outside of Boston, MA. She worked as an editor for a New England arts magazine for three years before relocating to Portland, OR in 2009. There she decided to concentrate on her own art making, attending a certificate program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she studied bookbinding and painting. She is currently represented in Portland by Blackfish Gallery and in Astoria, OR by Riversea Gallery.

Website: www.sarahfagan.com

Media: acrylic