Sarah 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 MoCA Arlington, MacDowell, Wassaic Project, 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 is an Associate Professor of Art at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She was born in Strong, Maine, and is currently based in Providence, RI.

My installations, paintings, and drawings interweave geological formations and happenings with aspects of human experience such as strength, resilience, and change. I use texture, reflection, layering, line, and process in my somewhat abstract, minimal, and raw work. I pull from a range of personal content including trauma, healing, a sense of place, and home. I incorporate climate change, geological time, and the power of nature along with the complex, psychological landscape of human experience. A layering of time, the history of a location, the power of intention, and the force and strength of nature are all things I am thinking about. This abstracted narrative derives from deeper thoughts of weightlessness, control, fear, safety, and holding back/letting go. I strive for visceral accessibility in my work, and I think it transcends deep emotion and intellect into a rhythmical and poetic space.

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Artist talk in conjunction with Moving Mountains at VisArts, 2017 click below to listen:

Filmed during my residency at The Wassaic Project, 2011

Filmed in conjunction with my solo booth at Davidson Contemporary,
Volta NY, 2013

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