"The only thing that matters is, did it turn out like I wanted it? If you're chasing after positive reviews, demographic trends or a lucrative box office, you've already failed. But, if your only ambition is to get something off your chest and render it exactly as you wanted it, then you're bulletproof" --Ricky Gervais

I'm interested in visual vocabularies. There is one I'm building now, the one I use, where shapes and forms like feet and little shoes, hats, hair dos, clouds, and windows, float over and over again like playful toys in space.
The other is a visual vocabulary we all collectively share, that one has to do with signs, cartoons, graffiti and illustrations from childhood books. Those things are never out of our sight line.

Where do these cross for all of us? Can something feel familiar yet strange? Remind us of that one bloopy cartoon but hint at something darker? Can we share an experience while we each have one of our own? Can that help us consider another’s experience in a new way?

Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter living and working in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Washington D.C. and Virginia since 2006. Sarah has twice been a fellow at VCCA in 2013 and 2014. She received a professional fellowship in painting from the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Art) for 2014-2015.

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