sarahkaiser.com
MFA (2003) University of Chicago

Life Drawing and Anatomy Instructor:
American Academy of Art, Chicago

Figure drawing instructor: Evanston Art Center

Statement:

I paint, draw, and teach.

I juxtapose figures, animals and patterns that are unified in a harmonious color palette influenced by nature. I’m inspired by sage-green lichen on rocks and trees. In my work, there are notes of copper, mint, ochre, and brick red. Through gestural brush strokes and inventive mark making, I convey the effects of patina (oxidized copper.)

My intent is to show the beauty of decay. Layers of time and memories peel away. The figures I paint are timeless: their distant, dream-like expressions convey a contemplative and quiet aura. They emerge from misty atmospheres.

At times, I render animals, birds in particular. They hover above the concerns of everyday life and are a link to the heavens. Their migration patterns are analogous to my childhood; my mother and I relocated often.

My work communicates universal themes such as the transience of life, the persistence of time, and the relationship between humans and nature. However, such contemplative arrangements deal not only with metaphorical content, but also address formal concerns through a sensitive rendering of surface and design elements.

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