SARAH WINKLER / GROUNDED
August 1 - 31st, 2019
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST, 6-8pm. Artist Talk at 7pm.
Winkler is responding to seasonal color shifts, rich textures of exposed rock and fauna and a dramatic sky palette associated with the summer wildfire season in Colorado. Depicting the landscape both above and below an imaginary horizon line, Winkler’s reflective works emphasize the historical and unpredictable geological processes of nature and interconnectivity of life sustaining resources in mountainous environments. Her layered, hard edge paintings filled with luminous abstract painted textures, condense and connect features of the landscape from snow melting off high peaks to nourish the forest floor, from fast flowing rivers that carve dramatic canyons, to the distant wildfires sustaining the cycle of forest life.
Winkler works experimentally with paint, pigment, additives, resists, brushes and unconventional tools to create textures and imagery that mimic the forces and patterns of nature that sculpt and change landscapes over time. Starting with small scale collage studies using the artist’s own unique papers that are developed into hand drawn, large scale paintings. The cut and layered aesthetic in her work reinforces concepts that the Earth is not a static place. That ancient landscapes can be altered through gentle erosion or by sudden cataclysmic events. The artist incorporates ground water, crushed rock, precious metals and minerals in her paintings to create moments of connection, exploration and discovery.