Fresh Contemporary

Summer Perspectives: Group Exhibition
Les Yeux Du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
June 23 - August 20

semi-finalist, Trawick Prize 2017

"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.

What can painting be? As one who revels in the possibilities of painterly abstraction, my work gallops alongside two closely held beliefs. The first is a belief in a deep human desire to decode and make sense of visual information. The second belief is in the capacity of our human imagination to creatively process that information. The playfully ambiguous and painterly abstract works I construct provide practice fields for doing just this kind of creative deciphering.
My goal is to provide a kind of middle world where one is held in balance between warm familiarity and a jolly strangeness.
The work comes with an open and off-kilter invitation to approach, to sort through and gather together these suspended forms and shapes like so many scattered toys after a kids’ game gone wrong.

Toeing the line between familiarity and strangeness is a game. And ultimately, it connects you and me. THIS is what I believe painting can be. Do you see what I see? What can we add to each other’s experience when we see the same thing? Or, when we see things completely different.