This painting expands on the artist's 15-year freewheeling art practice. To generate new imagery for her works, Dwyer often reworks old drawings or cuts up older canvases and etchings—opening up fresh meaning through a process of removal and insertion. She uses this regenerative process to confront fears around the finality of loss. The reworked surface becomes a metaphor for the bravery and vulnerability that life demands of us. Dwyer further develops her focus on humanity by embracing the body. Hands, breasts, reclining figures and other anthropomorphic elements are mischievously camouflaged in each work—yet visible to the careful eye.
Inspired by poetry and folklore, Sarah Dwyer’s practice explores image and form through the iterative nature of storytelling. The artist frequently combines drawing with painting, printmaking and sculpture, employing exuberant color palettes and lively mark-making to depict both figurative and abstract imagery. Dwyer’s dynamic compositions process her own surroundings and the everyday experience—while also indulging our desire for play.
To generate new imagery for her paintings, the artist reworks old drawings and cuts up older canvases and etchings. The artist uses this regenerative process to confront fears around the finality of loss—the resulting image is a metaphor for the bravery and vulnerability that life demands of us.More