Sarah Martin

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6pm Breakfast,

(2020)

4’x 3’

oil on  canvas

Why Not Try It All,

(2019) 4’x 3’

oil on canvas

Road Block,

(2020)

film photograph

 

Fast Food After Funeral, (2020)

4’x 4’

oil on canvas

 

Diptych/Wrapped,

(2018 - 2020)

film/digital photograph

 

Game #1,

(2018)

4’x 3’

oil on canvas

 

Game #2,

(2020)

5’x 5’

oil on canvasFall,

(2020) 2’x 5’

oil on canvas

 

Balance

(2020)

film photograph
 

Happy Birthday Sarah (1995, 2000, 2002, 2019-2020)

video

My artwork incites tension through themes of balance and failure. Painting,photography, and video allow me to create scenes which display a grim and lonely elegance using both objects and figures in a place. Within each medium I create scenes which exude a heated expectation. Win, or lose... fall, or balance. Move, or get hit. Do something, or do nothing. I am interested in capturing both chaos and a structural///structured composition.

 

My use of dark colors in painting and black and white film photography convey dull emotion. After printing on glossy paper, my photography exhibits a richer atmosphere. When printing a photograph on a larger scale, the imagery is able to mirror my large scale paintings. I prefer to paint big because magnitude emphasizes importance. This way the viewer can place themselves with the figures, feel what they feel, share the experience.

 

With video, I create colorful and chaotic claymation characters illuminated through sound effects and filters. By mixing short scenes of clay animations with real footage from my life, a meaningful juxtaposition is formed; as well as a connection to my painting and photography. These videos explore relationships with ideas of tension, a fever dream montage based on anxiety of failure.