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Sarah Posey
Taken

acrylic
19″ x 13.5″

Sarah Posey Fine Art
USA

Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu

Art Prof & Partner

Casey Roonan, Comics Artist & Cartoonist

Casey Roonan

Teaching Assistant
Cartoonist & Comics Artist

Deepti Menon, Filmmaker & Animator

Deepti Menon

Teaching Assistant
Filmmaker & Animator

Artist Statement
“In the broad sense, this painting is about feeling controlled by someone else, but being unable or unwilling to break away from that control.

The idea for this particular situation came from an experience I had last year with someone that I really hoped would love me too. I was stuck with the feelings that I had for her, but I was frustrated about it. I knew that I had to let it go but I couldn’t seem to. If I thought I had gotten rid of it, as soon as I saw her again they came back full force.

The veins and arteries attaching themselves to the bird figure are meant to signify this feeling of being controlled. The mask on the other figure symbolizes the hopes that I had had. The bird figure is trying to escape but is unable to. “

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1 responses on "Sarah Posey"

  1. This is a really emotionally charged piece! Another artist friend and I were talking about how personal pieces can be kind of emotional journals, recording your feelings rather than the day-to-day.

    One thing about this piece is the body language — since these characters have inhuman faces, a lot is dependent on how the body is telling the story. For example, the figure on the right seems to be tormenting and intentionally attacking the figure on the left – but your artist statement says that the true antagonist was your emotional response, not external actions. I’d really be curious about how you’d convey that sense of internal pain in this fantastical style of yours!

    To look up some body poses to help convey the story better, I would look up recordings of stage actors – freeze frame on the actors, and sketch their poses with the emotions. Stage actors do such a good job at conveying emotion emphatically without being over dramatic and that would give you some more exciting poses to convey your message!

    I would play around with this to build concept for future pieces as well: what would be amazing is to explore through sketches what this piece would look like told from the point of view of the other figure! Exercises like that are great tools I use all the time to flex my composition and concept muscles. Keep it up!

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