Sarah Hardesty – Davidson Contemporary, New York
Born 1976 in Strong, Maine, USA
My installations transform the initial weight and presence of discarded objects into a state of suspended liberation and halted chaos. The environment has a visceral effect on the viewer, connecting them to a tumultuous part of their own lives and finding personal resonance. Similar concerns are addressed in my two dimensional work. Long isolated lines are stand-ins for strands - pulling, holding, capturing. Silhouettes of birds in flight represent freedom, fearlessness, and strength. Throughout my work I also hope to establish a presence of nature and its connection to the eroding of time. Wood, feathers, mica, and bird imagery combined with the impact of bright fluorescent colors and the geometric pull of string and line are meant to be a platform to discuss topics such as the power and presence of nature, the impact of natural disasters and human destruction, resolution and rebuilding, and the power of will and intention.