Sarah Sutro, a painter who has focused recently on ink drawings and watermedia, earned a BFA from Cornell and Yale, and an MFA from University of the Arts, London. With solo and group shows in Boston, New York, San Diego, Berkeley, Belgrade, Bangkok, Montenegro, Dhaka, and London, her work is in collections locally and internationally. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Grant, she has been a resident at the American Academy of Rome, MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Art Dulcinium, Montenegro. She has been a faculty over many years at colleges and universities in the area, including Emerson College, AIB at Lesley University and Mass College of Art and Design, and now lives and works in N. Adams, MA. Her work can be seen in Joseph Carroll and Sons’ Boston Drawing Project. She is also a poet and writes articles and reviews for American Arts Quarterly. Her book, COLORS Passages through Art, Asia and Nature is in its second edition (2011).
In Dhaka and Bangkok where I lived for several years, I worked with an international group of artists, learning to make natural inks from organic materials. My current work infuses these transparent layers of color with themes of time, infinite scale, and tabular structure. Large overlapping marks of natural color, and black ink marks depict the intersection of nature and culture, celebrating the aliveness and uniqueness of natural and invented worlds. The paintings are abstract, yet the work evokes a physical presence that is connected to land and water. I also paint minimal landscapes in both watercolor and acrylic, capturing the vast space and luminous color of river, bay and ocean expanses. These more serene and contemplative paintings complement the restless, engaging ink drawings, revealing another aspect of the moving field of nature.
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