Visual Arts Program

Friday, January 10, 2020 — Friday, February 28, 2020

Sarah Sutton

Knots and Pulses

Fuzzy Edges, Oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches, 2018Fuzzy Edges, Oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches, 2018. Deep Horizon, Oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches, 2019. Deep Horizon, Oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches, 2019.
This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton will feature a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment. Figurative forms occasionally emerge from the complex hybrid imagery, though they are frequently camouflaged or overwhelmed within the scenic cacophony. Her work depicts moments of collusion and collision that are not intrinsically meant to go together. It is within the resulting ambiguity that Sutton attempts to address how histories, boundaries, and skins can dissolve into one another.

As she has said, "I imagine in-between spaces, scalar fluidity, and psychic spaces, where the private and public realm collapse. Most of the time the question centers on combining spaces or moments that aren't meant to go together, letting them collude, collide and clash and then looking for pattern, resonance and schematic visual structures that emerge as I paint. The subject matter centers on the complex history of capitalism, the movement and extraction of natural resources, as well as speculative futures."