Sarah fagan

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As a a painter, I elevate the status of everyday objects through the medium of acrylic on panel. I present my subjects from an aerial perspective, sans environment. The resulting visual immediacy forces confrontation between object and viewer. Accordingly, I consider the sensual and visual, as well as cerebral, impacts the chosen objects may deliver. I depict object to which I am viscerally drawn -- the concept of the hand is vital in my choices. Small palm-sized items, and most recently the mixed vessel/tool of the spoon are some of my most oft-used "sitters." In these objects are the potential for mental and physical nourishment -- given the active interaction of the human hand. 


After growing up in Southern Connecticut, Sarah received a BA in Fine Arts and English Literature from Stonehill College, just outside of Boston, MA. She worked as an editor for artscope, a New England arts magazine for three years before relocating to Portland, OR in 2009. There she received a post-baccalaureate certificate from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in bookbinding and painting. In Portland, Sarah has developed a curriculum of arts classes which she teaches to children at schools, libraries, and other venues. As a painter, Sarah is represented in Portland by Blackfish Gallery and in Astoria, OR by Riversea Gallery.