Sarah Hardesty’s drawings, paintings, and installations reference geologic and environmental happenings and incorporate personal experience with layering of time, space, and reflection. Hardesty’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Arlington, VA; VisArts, Rockville, MD; Metro Micro Gallery, Arlington, VA; ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; MPG Gallery, Boston, MA; Wheaton College, Norton, MA; and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ. She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Wassaic Project, The Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Vermont Studio Center. Hardesty is the recipient of numerous financial awards including a Fairfax County Artist Grant (2020); a VFIC Mednick Fellowship (2019); a Leon Levy award (2012); and an award from The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2007). Hardesty holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College. She was born in Strong, Maine and is currently based in the Washington DC area where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
My work includes drawings, paintings, installation, and mixed media. A personal layering of time, history of location, the power of intention, and the force and strength of nature are all things I am thinking about currently in my work. I often begin with an intuitive response to and an interpretation of my experiences and the work unfolds as a more focused expression revealed through the process.
Wide and blurry brush strokes cover abstracted environments of deconstruction and memory of place. 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. This abstracted narrative derives from deeper thoughts of weightlessness, control, fear, safety and holding back/letting go. I am working with process and sensation to suggest both an elegance and a rawness.
Some recent pieces interweave geological structural shifts (erosion, plate tectonics) with aspects of the human experience such as strength, resilience, and change. Combining geological imagery with textures, patterns,and other visual elements creates a platform to align what is happening on earth with what is happening withthe individual. My work also pulls from a range of personal content including a near death illness, recovery, pain, notions of beauty, scarring, sense of place and home. I 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. I strive for a visceral accessibility in my work, and I think it transcends deep emotion and intellect into a rhythmical and poetic space.
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