Artist’s Statement

May 31, 2005 Comments Off on Artist’s Statement

I have always been fascinated with drawing the human figure. In my work I strive to capture the energy of life and depict what it means and takes to be human and alive.

In 2000, I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogeneous Leukemia and underwent four rounds of chemotherapy including one round for a Bone Marrow Transplant. I came to Medicine Hat after that and discovered an active art community that I could work and exhibit with. I started showing my work in 2004 and found that my experiences with illness made the depiction of energy, life and humanity even more important to me and my own work became fuller, more authentic and dynamic.

My work has been influenced by my art instructors who told me that I should study Giacometti and by Bev Tosh who showed me that our mark is the same large or small by having us draw on a tiny piece of vellum and then putting it in a slide mount and projecting it on the wall. I have been using an intense, energetic, and web like line in my work ever since.

Sarah, May 10,2005

Sarah, 05.05.10, graphite on paper, 18 X 24 in. Enlarge

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