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Meet Sarah Emerson

My paintings and mural installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature using techniques that combine reality with abstraction. I do not try to replicate nature or real space, instead I use the familiar genre of landscape to represent both the physical and emotional conditions that shape our environment. In my imagery I want to create the impression that the horizon is malleable, perpetually transforming and adapting to human intervention and natural phenomenon. In my studio practice, I seek to find order, humor, and balance in the chaotic beauty that is life and I make a visual appeal to be empathetic and hopeful in tumultuous times.

I graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and completed my Master's Degree at Goldsmiths College, London in 2000. I am in a number of local collections including the High Museum, MOCA GA, Edelman, and King & Spalding. In my career I have worked on multiple painting series and large-scale mural projects, exhibiting my work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including White Columns, NY, Cosmic Gallery, Paris, the MOCA Jacksonville, Fl., and the High Museum.

My work has been published in Noplaceness: Art in a Post Urban Landscape, Stickers Deluxe: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, and New American Paintings in 2012, 2007, and 2003. In 2014 I was awarded the 2014/2015 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant selected by Siri Engberg, Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Over the last fifteen years, I have worked on exhibition and mural projects with the City of Atlanta, Living Walls, Flux Projects, Refinery 29, and the Zuckerman Museum. I am represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta and I teach painting and drawing at Agnes Scott College.

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