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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

SARAH LAING

SARAH LAING

Artist Work

The Rascals
2010
ink, spraypaint on Mylar
30 x 28"
Hollow Pursuits
2009
ink on Mylar
33 x 33"
Accretion
2010
ink on Mylar
85 x 85"
The Big Goodbye
2010
wall drawing
24 x 69"
The Big Goodbye (detail)
2010
ink on Mylar
24 x 69"
New Ground
2010
ink, tusche, acryllic on Mylar
43 x 41"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Utilizing the metamorphic process of continuous drawing, I explore the need for a reengagement with one’s sense of place within a world in transition, while at the same time referring to my own personal geographical and biological transitions. Through drawing, I can create an internal, ruminative response to otherwise very specific external material: a landscape of outside information. I take imagery from the natural environment and biological formations, and abstract them through tracing and freehand mark making. Although sourced from my surrounding landscape, the resultant imagery lacks any situational framework. This work can be seen as a window into fragments of a world under constant change. I draw the creation of something new, yet not necessarily improved, or a catalyzed situation that is growing out of control. I understand the basic human need for resolve – the need for certainty – and the paradoxical excitement to explore new possibilities. My drawings communicate a tenuous grasp on existence, where we sit between the foils of potentiality and the opening of new realms.