A selection of new work will be displayed at
RH Modern - Denver
Sarah Winkler's highly stylized works are the result of a distinctive artistic practice deeply influenced by geological processes and elements. Drawn from memories of places she has visited, her fantastical and abstract landscapes possess a dynamism and energy that captures the exhilaration and presence of mind inspired by the beauty of nature. The materials she uses are themselves mixed with natural minerals such as marble, mica and iron oxide, cementing the narrative connection of the works to their subject.
Winkler's paintings are the final product of an extensive method that begins with sketches and photographs of landscapes she has visited on her travels. These visuals are translated into collages, using paper the artist herself has fashioned from an experimental process of her design. The collages are then further developed into paintings, which are created by applying acrylic to large, wooden panels. Each panel is treated and sanded to achieve a hard sheen, which highlights the multiplicity of textures, layers and depths that are characteristic of the artist's aesthetic.
Winkler is fascinated by the environmental factors that shape the natural world, and seeks to imitate their destructive and constructive qualities in her own artistic technique. She wields solvents, paints, carving implements and sanding tools to mimic the kinetic processes of erosion and deposition, as well as the physical forces of wind, water and ice. According to Winkler, "by applying paint in this way, I am creating a history of gestures and actions that form into naturalistic abstracted landscapes with painted geological textures."
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