Great time, specific observation and every brushstroke are devoted to expressing the significance of each detail in Sarah Paddock’s still lifes. Her realism expresses the unique qualities of each object as an individual, its relationship to its surroundings and its place in our lives. “These items are particular, distinct from other things. I aim to honor those characteristics in a way that conveys that living was happening,” says the artist. Without a representational figure, still life requires that viewers bring their own lives and perspectives to the painting. The entire life of each painting is very human.
“These are our artifacts; the physical evidence of our living. I want to preserve them in a way that honors both their history and their place in ours. I think that’s what art is,” she continues. Her favorite conversations to have with collectors involve questions like, “If you wanted to tell your grandchildren something about your grandparents…which five items would you choose?” or “Do you have a special or cherished heirloom?” These conversations often lead to her favorite pieces…works that speak to love and connectedness in an artful and easily appreciable way. Many are dishes; both physical bowls, plates and silver, but also meals and cooking that tend to evoke feelings of providing and nurturing, pragmatism and comfort. “I tell seemingly simple stories in my work, but they are truly rich and complex stories of groundedness, bonding and resilience,” Paddock says. “They illustrate moments of value that we want to endure. Beyond being works of art, they become conversation pieces with real meaning of how we live our everyday lives.” —
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Represented by Kristen Campo Fine Art
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