Sarah Hardesty – Davidson Contemporary, New York


Davidson Contemporary

724 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019, USA

+1 212 7597555


Sarah Hardesty

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.

Sarah Hardesty, Inside Out, 2011, ink, acrylic, gouache on wood panel, 30 x 24 inches
Sarah Hardesty, Transmit, 2012, found wood, gold thread, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 8 inches
Sarah Hardesty, The Negation of Fear, 2010, wood, gesso, mason’s string, 142 x 164 x 73 inches
Sarah Hardesty, Appeal to Consequences, 2012, micaceous iron oxide and ink on linen, 48 x 36 inches
Sarah Hardesty, Conversation, 2012, reclaimed wood, acrylic and string, dimensions variable