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Thanks, Courtney, for writing this article about Sarah's show.
I've had a number of questions already this week from friends and art lovers about Sarah's work, which is sometimes difficult for people to get into - particularly in Charleston with it's small contemporary art market. But I think you understood what we were going for in the gallery when we installed her show, which was to show her process alongside her finished works.
Sarah and I have talked over the years about how to display her work so people could better understand her process of abstraction, taking defined objects, like Georgia O'Keefe's hair bun or an ice cream cone, and repeating them until they take on a life of their own. The paper pieces in the show are here to buy (of course) but also as reference for the larger works that take those familiar elements she loves and obsesses over and pushes them further from their original form to create a new visual dialogue. Her recent residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, from where this entire body of work is curated, produced great group of paintings and mixed media pieces, and the smaller "messy" installations here were our way of recreating her head space.
For those City Paper readers and art lovers who are new to abstract art, and those who already know Sarah's work, you can visit us between 9-5 Monday through Friday in Avondale. Art exists to be experienced, so feel free to stop on by.
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