Walking and Flying: Paintings by Sarah Landrum

“My work attempts to treat painting as a gradual, deliberative experience, both for myself and for the viewer.  Most of the paintings begin as simple still lifes, based upon ordinary objects in my studio and home. Painting mute, inert forms within a shallow space enables me to pose and attempt to answer specific questions about painting.”

“I work slowly on several pieces simultaneously. The images change over time as the painting process is  invaded by memories, history, current events, books I’m reading, or simply an overheard phrase.  The original forms disintegrate and transform through the painting process; the image unfolds through scraping, cutting, peeling, editing, and repainting. As time passes, each painting responds to others around it in the studio. I often remove paintings from their support midway through the process. This enables me to further experiment with deconstructing and reconstructing images.”

“My intention and the impulse behind each painting may not be obvious to viewers. My hope is that a meaning can unfold as they experience line, shape, and form, and that they can take some pleasure in deciphering the image through the lense of their own experience.”

— Sarah Landrum

Walking and Flying

“Solving a problem or having an idea while performing a recurring task or doing something mundane is a common experience for most of us. Much of the mental “work” of a painting occurs during repetitive mark-making and through stitching, scraping, and stapling. Repetitive actions such as walking, breathing, certain tasks,  and indeed much of the “boring” work of ordinary life, can free our minds and lead to flights of imagination.”

 

 

Sarah Landrum lives and works in Jacksonville,  Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia. Since receiving her BFA in Painting from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 1984, she has maintained her studio practice and exhibited consistently throughout the Southeast. As an arts educator working in communities and schools, she views teaching as a vital and inseparable part of her creative work. She has been the visual arts teacher at The Donoho School in Anniston, Alabama since 2005.

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Southern Realism by Rachel Wakefield

 

 

 

“Through the use of observation and reference photography I create paintings that feature subjects immersed in bodies of water. Water surrounds the subject and represents the weight and pressure of life, but also makes us feel like we are dreaming — floating and free.”

 

 

“I want to recreate a quiet place where sound is muffled and vision is blurred — capturing those vulnerable moments we keep to ourselves. Though sometimes detailed and complicated, or simple and abstract, these intimate feelings that we have are the most meaningful parts of being.”

 

 – Rachel Ann Wakefield

 

 

The water is symbolic of the dominant weight and pressures of life while also juxtaposing the “floating,” still silence of such submersion.

 

Selfies: Paintings by Kathryn McGinley

Opening reception: April 7 from 5–7PM

On display in the Leo Reynolds Gallery

 

 

 

From the artist

I am a Florida based artist currently working on a collection of portrait paintings in acrylic ink on paper.

This collection of selfies acts as a social commentary on how we represent ourselves on the internet, our need to feel relevant, and on the vulnerability of portraying our individual lifestyles on the World Wide Web.

I implemented the single line drawing technique as one of the main elements to add another layer of abstract quality to the paintings. I love working in ink for its fluidity, vibrant colors, and building translucent layers of brush marks and blotching. This body of work has a fun and inviting energy and is one of my favorites to work with.

I received a B.A. in Art from the University of North Florida and have exhibited art throughout Florida. In addition to showing and selling, I’ve taught small art classes, had an internship as a volunteer artist with Art with a Heart in Healthcare at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and currently volunteer at the Foosaner Art Museum and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts.