September 13 – October 28, 2018
Sacred Fire: Painting To Heal
Featuring work by Sarah Schaleger
Fire is a powerful force of dynamic change. Some pinecones need the intense heat of a forest fire to burst open and change into a new form. The phrase ‘trial by fire,’ acknowledges that events sear and change us. Yet the force of transformative experiences can also change and heal us.
“This is how I understand fire as a force for sacred transformation in my life. My searing experiences are brought in, and as I paint, I wrestle with allowing myself to open to new understanding, and let the process teach me. The painting records this journey. My work reflects the passage from difficulty, to joy and understanding. My paintings are filled with a presence of peace. Like fire, they dance with quiet joy.”
– Sarah Schaleger
Sarah’s work is primarily about process and being in conversation with the work itself, to see what is emerging. Sarah uses paint on flexible blocks to print repetitive patterns, building up layers of paint into a tapestry-like image; going into and through existing layers and sanding off what doesn’t work. Paint is layered (over and under) many times, painted into and erased off. Sarah tends to create mandala-like images of light.