Sarah Stone is an artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited most recently at The Autry Museum, Ontario Museum of Art, MOAH Cedar and The Korean Cultural Center. She received a BFA in film animation and illustration, moving to LA to work as a set artist on indie movies. She advanced to Art Directing and Set Decorating films and network TV series’ including The Wonder Years and Freaks and Geeks. Between productions she established her skills in oil painting, eventually shifting her full-time focus to studio art.
Ideas stemming from the collective unconscious (ancestral memory) chaos dynamics (the rhythms of change) and Bardo (the space between now and next) influence many of her works which reveal personal narratives drawn down into a land of dreams where an intuitive symbolic language emerges that is both contemporary and primal.
Her art has been presented by galleries and museums around the United States including those named above, as well as South Bay Contemporary, Tangent Gallery, MI; Krikawa Gallery, AZ; San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, LA Municipal Art Gallery, LA Artcore and Memorial Union Gallery, ND. Her artworks are in private collections throughout the US, and have been featured in many publications including LA Weekly, Art Muzeo Magazine, Pasadena Now, Creative Careers, Pomona Valley Review, Man of the World, Diversions LA, and Naming Ceremony Magazine.
My studio sits in a canyon at the north-western margin of LA County, an area known to fire crews as a Wildlife Urban Interface. In this ragged borderland I watch as nature persistently bends itself around the human advance like a tree’s bark growing around a nail. Acts of defiance and submission are evident in every observation. Fires ravage, but green shoots return through the ash. Frogs retreat, but lizards and rabbits flourish, attracting owls, hawks and coyotes.
Life is resilient, sometimes it’s insanely lucky, but it’s also fragile, a porcelain tea cup we all share. I create art to convey the energy of living, and an appreciation of being here, with all the other lives that share ‘now’ with us. My paintings are colorful visual stories that reflect our shared ride – intensely fragile, yet sometimes magical and durable – in this crazy teacup.
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