Sarah Alexander Bjorn

Born in: 1972, Dothan, Alabama, USA

Lives in: San Mateo, Florida

Media: Painting, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Chaotic, ephemeral, explosive

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Geologic Time Scale II - Acrylic, ink, pencil on Arches mounted on board, 12 x 12 in.

Taking cues from Chinese landscape painting, Sarah's work investigates nature’s processes which serve as a metaphor for an unrelenting, uncontrollable force, bringing into question notions of will and chance. Gravity, erosion, pressure, and flow become important actions in the making of this work.

What themes does your work involve?
The sublime, nature's processes of destruction and creation.
Describe your creative process.
I begin by pouring paint, letting it dry and then looking for patterns. I scrape, paint over, stipple, hang the work to let it drip and move it around to see what the paint will do. I work in a series, working on multiple paintings at once. I am interested in the delicate balance of order and chaos in the work and once I feel that there is a distinct direction, I begin to draw and paint back into the piece.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I am inspired by Chinese landscape paintings, being outside and witnessing the beauty and structure of our universe. I am inspired by the transitory nature of it all, the constant movement and change. The gratitude that I can witness this is, in turn, creates the urge to make work that will in some way connect the spiritual with the physical in the viewer.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think good art asks old questions in new ways, it is relevant to our times but not a slave to them, it inspires more questions rather than answers them.
What is the role of the artist today?
I am very excited about work that I see, it is drawing on old standards of craft and technique but is wholly contemporary in that it is oblivious to the rules of minimalism as seen in the recent past. It is an exciting time to connect with others in this time of disconnection. Painting is reviving itself and in so doing creating a wonderful catalogue of work that offers for beauty to become instrinsic, for form to drive meaning, and for artists to use whatever combinations they see fit.

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