Sarah Shields

 

BLACK ROSE QUEEN

 

NIGHT DOLL IN PEACH

 

BLUE ROSE QUEEN

Artist statement:

My mother painted beautiful pictures before I was born. Her ink and watercolor paintings of Victorian houses were clean, mathematically precise and measured, her color schemes soft and haunting. Perhaps this is one reason I paint pictures heavy of ink, heavy of texture, tangled and messy. I am, proprioceptively, a rebel branch off my mother. From this vantage, I love to imagine the decay of youth. Ruin. Blemish, error, imperfection. I try, best I can, to capture this in portraiture, designating significance to the parts of us which we think are erroneous or prohibited of beauty or, in some cases, the parts of us which have turned, perhaps rotted some. And I am most interested in the parts of us that distort and bloom, choreographed by our impulsive nature. The deliberateness of change, this constant change in me, is a process rich in emotional thrill though inches shy of satisfaction. 

 

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