Falls Church
 
Virginia

Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

Overlapping, pulling, restraining, hiding, pressing, moving, building, refining, continuing.
I have been using line, brush stroke, repetition, and open space to work through these ideas and thoughts. In some work, thin lines pull weighted and grounded masses and attempt to shift a situation. 
They represent the strength and the effect of many. Wide and blurry brush strokes cover abstracted environments of deconstruction and memory of place. This abstracted narrative derives from deeper thoughts of weightlessness, control, fear, safety and holding back/letting go. Sometimes I combine steady lines with loose structure. I am working with process and sensation. I intend to suggest both an elegance and a rawness and to incorporate tension and emotion. 
My current work pulls from the installations and work that I made between 2007 – 2012 that explored similar ideas with site specific installations of found wood planks strung up and hovering in space and intricate patterned drawings of birds and animals held back abstractly from their movement, simultaneously protected and restrained. 
There is a visceral accessibility to my work, and I think it transcends deep emotion and experience into a rhythmical and poetic space. My work pulls from a range of personal content including a near death illness and recovery, pain, notions of beauty, scarring, sense of place and home. I also intend to connect to core feelings within others of pain, healing, beauty, and the complex emotional, psychological and physical landscape that makes up all of our lives.

All work by Sarah

Sarah Hardesty
2017, Dimensions variable, Found wood, chrome vinyl, steel cable, hardware
Sarah Hardesty
2017, Dimensions variable, Found wood, chrome vinyl, steel cable, hardware
Sarah Hardesty
2017, Dimensions variable, Found wood, chrome vinyl, steel cable, hardware
Sarah Hardesty
2016, 10.5 x 10 inches , Ink and gouache on paper
Sarah Hardesty
2016, 11 x 17 inches, Acrylic and ink on wood panel
Sarah Hardesty
2016, 16 x 20 inches, Acrylic on panel
Sarah Hardesty
2016, 14 x 18 inches, Acrylic on panel
Sarah Hardesty
2014, 14 x 17 inches, Gouache and ink on paper
Sarah Hardesty
2013, Dimensions variable, Glass mosaic, grout, found wood