Residency at 100W Corsicana, June 2017

Semi-finalist Trawick Prize 2017

"Our objective: to understand that the idea of looking at something and being able to see it as something else is an essential artistic trait" Kali Simone Haney from 4th grade art lesson plan
"Sometimes things that go wrong also go right." Lauren Child from Clarice Bean Spells Trouble
"Stones, bones, clouds--experience gives me shapes..." Georgia O'Keefe

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. She was awarded a residency at 100W Corsicana in June of 2017.

Sarah's 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.

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.