Sara was born in Columbus Ohio, and received her Bachelors in Fine Art at Columbus College of Art and Design. She paints in acrylic & oils, draws in pencil & ink, and digital. She is inspired by Medieval & Byzantine art, German expressionism, Mexican muralists, and contemporary street art.

Statement:

Hi. I’m Sara E. Adrian and I’m a painter. I work these days mostly in oils, but also I make stuff with acrylics, watercolor, inks, and draw in pencil, charcoal, and sometimes work in digital media from time to time.

What I make is mostly work that focuses on the figure. The style I’ve come to and am working towards is something both graphic and flat that explores color and line, but that also accurately and expressively represents the subject. My work is as much about color, line, and shape as it is about telling a story or depicting an emotion or event. What I’m interested in when I paint is creating a work that is meant to be seen and experienced in person. A singular object not meant for mass reproduction. Some of the paint I use such as interference paint and the metallics and gold and silver leaf are selected so they specifically react to the light and environment in the room. The painting changes depending on where you are in room. We live in a time where art is shared digitally, where many people have never seen the original and don’t think it really matters to see it in person. I want make a clear statement that if you really want to see this work as it’s meant to be seen, you have to be standing right in front of it. Any reproduction will only be a shade of the real thing. The digital work I do is for the exact opposite reason, for mass production and to be printed and shared. The subjects and themes however are usually the same.

With the people I choose as subjects, I look for rhythms that are found in natural forms and shapes. Organic forms seen in how plants grow, how the bodies of animals and people come together, and how light and color interact with these. What I look for in my subjects is some elusive virtue, something that has a certain kind of strength of existing without apology. It doesn’t matter if that subject is young, fresh, or in full bloom or withered, old , rotted, decayed. I find beauty there, the cycle of life and who we are in that moment. I integrate mythological themes into my work. Myths are stories in which we explore the human condition, using symbolism and archetypes to represent themes and ideas. I began working in multiple layers into my subjects using color, gesture, and objects that can carry meaning. As with stories, on the surface it’s just a story, or a picture, however there’s more meaning for people who want to look deeper than the surface. There are a variety of ways to see and interpret my work, just depends on how deep you want to go.

Most of the subjects in my art are women. I have been exploring feminine strength through beauty and grace. Nearly all the figures in my work are archetypes, not real people, and they often represent a theme, emotion, or expression of being vs an individual. I do this to show a strong representation of the feminine, because most of the common depictions of women are as objects. By that I mean they aren’t valued for who they are, but how they appear, or what they can do or provide. I am focusing on the reality of what i see, not how pop culture and media generally focuses on women. Often the emotion I feel when coming up with a painting is anger, and this is my reaction to that anger. Instead of ‘painting angry’, I try to turn that around and make the world how I wish to see it, and how I wish people would see themselves.  The work I make and the direction I have chosen is to try to combat that fear, and let them know it’s ok to be who you are, it’s ok to try, it’s ok to fail. What you are is beautiful, and you can build on that. My work is propaganda in an attempt to encourage people to empower themselves.

So that’s what I make, I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking!

-Sara

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