Biography

Sarah Hall was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated with her family to the United States in the early seventies. In 1983 she moved to New York City to pursue her art and education. Sarah has had a versatile career in the arts involved with exhibition design, graphics, theater, writing, teaching to support her work as a painter. Today she continues to maintain an active painting studio in the industrial Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. She is married with two children and her dog Abbie, her studio partner.

 

Artist Statment


When I was a child, I would swing and watch the sky, filling my imagination with thoughts and feelings about my place in that space. I am still observing the world through that lens of that innocence, the feelings, and emotions from an inner landscape that is undeniably my own. Today I create art as a conversation with myself, it is my diary of spontaneous feelings and actions in dialogue with my inner music.


The Painting  

My painting is autobiographical diaries from a feminist point of view.  Shapes and lines might suggest sexuality, creation, innocence, and aggression.  The application of line, color/BW and movement create inferences of these perceptions through my imagination. By deconstructing an emotional narrative, it becomes expressed through abstraction in a visual dialogue with the applied action.  Figures emerge in and out of work through layers, deconstructing details and arriving an expressive abstraction.


In some cases the figures are clearly suggested, in other work, there are only hints of figures and some completely lost in the layers of application.  These pronouncements in my work evolve into a series, starting with small narrative studies of human context and detail. Ultimately, it is a spontaneous response to the dialogue with myself, studied in smaller detail (on paper) and typically more conceptual than the larger paintings, where the ideas conclude on canvas.

 

The Drawing

My pencil and charcoal work (w mixed media) are technical exercises and the groundswell to larger work on canvas.  They can be highly conceptual, depending on the rhythm that the ideas are occurring in the moment of the practice. Every application is a layering process, with inferences of internal physiological structures, random word sketches, and moods of chaos -- such as the continuous line drawing layered in lead weight application. What determines my practice is the urgency of the dialogue between my thoughts, the building of layers and my resolve.



Education


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn,  NY Masters Design Management MPS

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn,  NY Bachelor of Arts BFA

Domus Academy, Milan, Italy  History & Industrial Design

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont Residency Painting Fellowship

Art Students League, New York, NY Painting & Drawing