“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Sara Hendrix

Artist Statement

The Earth revolves and rotates through space, and so our position on the Earth and in the Universe changes. By embracing these variations, we move towards transformation. Nature moves between chaos and order, working towards balance. Within these shifts, there are periods of meditation, peace, and renewal. Journeying through these transformations is not without purpose. There is some permanence provided by shape, form, and a spiritual consciousness. Grids, mathematical ratios, and geometric shapes create paths that provide some stability while striving for unity, peace, and acceptance.

In moving forward, sometimes objects are lost, leaving only shadows or outlines of their forms. I use these remnants in the creation of my pieces. Partial images marks pulled through the back of the paper, rubbings, and negative spaces appear and disappear. Lines and shapes are created by placing objects on the paper and then removing them. Even though something is lost or no longer with us, it leaves reminders that coalesce on the page and create balance.

Labyrinth Series
This series is based on a set of drawings I completed at a yoga meditation retreat in the North Georgia mountains. These mixed media paintings were produced on 24-inch X 24-inch canvases. I created a stamp from illustrations of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth. Charcoal was transferred from this stamp onto the canvas. The Buddhist Compassion mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written with oil pastels within one layer. One of the final layers of the painting was produced with a charcoal stencil of a person walking.

View work by Sara Hendrix among the jury selected artists in “What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artists Virtual Exhibit Space 1 (VES1) below

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