Sarah Anne Graham
The works represented here come from one series and originate with one image. They are of a woodland scene, carved on wood and printed on various watershed maps throughout the Northwest. These maps identify soil, vegetation and other natural objects within a watershed. Once the plate was transferred onto these maps, it was then colored on and cut through, using paper cutting techniques to give the illusion of lace. The first piece, Rim Fire, is a woodcut transfer that was then drawn on, without the paper cutting element.
These works are still in progress, and cover various techniques to gain the result of both natural and man-made effects on the ecosystems we come in contact with. (www.sarahannegraham.com)
About the Artist
Sarah Anne Graham currently lives in California. After a few years traveling around the United States and abroad; from Virginia, Georgia, Oregon (a brief time in New Zealand), Pennsylvania and Idaho to her current residence in California, she is working on oil paintings of the landscape of the Sierra Nevada foothills, as well as continuing her work on woodblock transfers on maps.
Graham’s paintings are mostly representational depictions of the natural world, with the occasional object inserted, that are used to symbolize loss, arrested development or other emotions. The surreal quality of these paintings illicit ambiguity and are meant to provoke further investigation. Her recent prints are abstracted landscapes. The woodblock transfers onto maps remind the viewer of the role of conservation, management and the nomenclature of science to classify and collect info on the natural world.
Her works have been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in the US, as well as New Zealand. Graham studied at the Atlanta College of Art, and received her BFA from Oregon State University in 2003 in painting and printmaking. Sarah is currently doing a residency as an Artist of the Woods for the Stanislaus National Forest, through a program with the USDA. She will be teaching an oil painting workshop while living on site.
Rim Fire 1