SBY Interview for Figure50 - June 2016

In every field, on paper, in paintings or within installations, my goal is to deliberately collapse the lines between abstracted unknowability and that which we can instantly recognize. Where do they cross? Like a thief breaking into a vault with an ear pressed to the door, listening intently for the right combination to slide into place, I hunt those moments down. For the maker and for the viewer, those moments of collapse, are the best parts.
The work comes with an open and off-kilter invitation to approach, to sort through and gather together all these suspended forms and shapes like so many scattered toys after a kids’ game gone wrong. Toeing that line between familiarity and strangeness is a game. It connects you and me. Do you see what I see? What do we add to each other’s experience when we see the same thing? Or, when we see it completely differently.

Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Over the last decade she has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Washington DC and Virginia. Sarah has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013, 2014) and in 2014 she was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Her work is in numerous private collections across the country including Baltimore, Charleston, Denver, New York, and London, AK, FL, KS, NC, NM, TX, VA, as well as in Virginia and South Carolina corporate collections. This year Sarah and her work will be featured in the December Issue (#10) of Fresh Paint Magazine.