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Meaning in the Process with Artist Sarah Fairchild




Sarah Fairchild is a mixed media artist concerned about our environment, creating and representing natural forms through a synthetic lens. Her work depicts the common and often ignored forms of weeds and wild flowers; recently, pollinators and other beneficial insects have crept into her work, creating a two-dimensional insectarium that depicts the interconnection of species, the fragility of our ecosystems, as well as a reverence for nature and all its inhabitants. She hopes considering these commonplace forms in a new and unusual way will arouse a sense of wonder, appreciation and concern for the environment, as well as the urgent need for a sustainable living planet.


Recent commissions include Bloom, a temporary three dimensional abstract bouquet installed inside the lobby of One Liberty Plaza, New York City; Floribunda, a two-part temporary installation adapted from an original painting on the exterior and three original mixed media artworks inside the lobby at One Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn; Cruciferous, a temporary installation adapted from two original paintings, adorned the lobby of the Grace Building in New York City; set and prop design for Opera Columbus’ production of Lully’s Armide; and a large-scale wallpaper installation at the Columbus School for Girls. Recent publications include New American Paintings, International Painting Annual, and her work is included in several public and private collections including the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection.


"I am a mixed media artist concerned about our environment, creating and representing natural forms through a synthetic lens. Themes in my work straddle the realms of fashion and the natural world, while playing with the ideas of decoration, beauty, sensuality and questions regarding the handmade versus the mass produced. My work depicts the common and often ignored forms of weeds and wild flowers; recently, pollinators and other beneficial insects have crept into the work, creating a two-dimensional insectarium that depicts the interconnection of species, the fragility of our ecosystems, as well as a reverence for nature and all its inhabitants. By considering these commonplace forms in a new and unusual way, I hope to arouse a sense of wonder, appreciation, and concern for the environment, as well as the urgent need for a sustainable living planet."


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