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Sarah Hardesty
updated: 06/18/2012
website: www.sarahhardesty.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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The Negation of Fear
The Negation of Fear, detail
If All Else Fails
If All Else Fails, detail
Depart
Fight or Flight 2
Tributary
On the Horizon
An Invisible Fear
An Invisible Fear, detail
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, animals, architecture, conceptual, geometric, meditative, psychological, site-specific, spiritual, violence
 
 
The Negation of Fear by Sarah Hardesty
The Negation of Fear
Wood, gesso, string
2010
Dimensions variable
The Negation of Fear, detail by Sarah Hardesty
The Negation of Fear, detail
Wood, gesso, string
2010
Dimensions variable
If All Else Fails by Sarah Hardesty
If All Else Fails
Wood (from original Maxon Mills building construction), string
2009
Dimensions variable
If All Else Fails, detail by Sarah Hardesty
If All Else Fails, detail
Wood (from original Maxon Mills building construction), string
2009
Dimensions variable
Depart by Sarah Hardesty
Depart
Ink and acrylic on wood panel
2010
20" x  16"  x 2" 
Fight or Flight 2 by Sarah Hardesty
Fight or Flight 2
Acrylic and ink on panel
2010
18" x  14"  x 2" 
Tributary by Sarah Hardesty
Tributary
Acrylic and ink on panel
2010
20" x  16"  x 2" 
On the Horizon by Sarah Hardesty
On the Horizon
Acrylic, ink, and graphite on panel
2010
18" x  14"  x 2" 
An Invisible Fear by Sarah Hardesty
An Invisible Fear
Glass, thread, graphite
2009
108" x  168"  x 30" 
An Invisible Fear, detail by Sarah Hardesty
An Invisible Fear, detail
Glass, thread, graphite
2009
108" x  168"  x 30" 

Artist Statement
I am interested in pulling things together amongst some kind of aftermath, with a subtle sense of urgency and responding to the environment with optimism amidst potentially destructive circumstances. Or creating a situation that anticipates but alleviates the potential for damage.  Using raw materials that are often site specific (wood, glass), found objects that convey playfulness, and the immediacy of wall drawing, I hope to initiate a response to feelings of destruction, fear, and anxiety within a framework of self-protection, control, and certainty.

My installation work combines found objects with various types of string and cord within fixed environments to construct situations that simultaneously convey a sense of un-ease, optimism, tension, weightlessness and suspense.  These spatial structures invest in viewer's relationship to the work, the body, and the site.   I am interested in putting the viewer in a somewhat compromised place, where they feel a spatial precariousness and an unexpected strength.  The string becomes a force that ties contradicting and synonymous elements together to occupy and alter the space – holding, restraining, and supporting.

Similar concerns are addressed in my drawings, with line acting like the string - a means of holding, pulling, and securing elements and forms in space.  At times manipulating human and animal subjects hovering in a web of entrapment and security.  There is ideally a dense and simplified psychological space investigating relational and individual connection and disconnect. 

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2010 American Demonic, Davidson Contemporary, NY, NY
2010 Bestiary
, Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY
2009 
Whose Territorial Imperative?, The Guild Gallery, NY, NY
2009 A Conflicted State
, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2009 The Wassaic Project, Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY
2009 Outside In, Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY
2009 Pay Day-Week 2, The Work Office, New York, NY
2008 Ten Years, MPG Gallery, Boston, MA
2007 
Suckers and Biters Love, Lollipops, & the Exquisite Corpse, Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Small Works Invitational,
Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005 
Arizona Biennial ’05, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
2005 Residual Pull,
Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
2005 Breaking the Surface, Platform Gallery, Tucson, AZ (solo)
2004
Cover, Shane House Gallery, Tucson, AZ (solo)
2003 
Drawn, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
2003 Detachment
, Tremont Gallery, International Society, Boston, MA
2003
One to None, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2002 
Border-Arizona/Mexico, Sala del Teatro Auditiorio, Nogales, Mexico
2000 Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

2000 Boundaries
, Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2000 Parabolic Strands, Distant Distant Blue,
Wallace Gallery, Wheaton College, MA

GRANTS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES
2007 Santa Fe Art Institute Residency with a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Artist in Residence, Rocky Neck Artist Colony, Gloucester, MA
2005 Tucson/Pima Arts Council Grant for Individual Artists, AZ
2004 Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant, AZ
Vermont Studio Center Residency and Artist’s Grant


BIBLIOGRAPHY
2009 Kaye, Stephan, “The Wassaic Project…”, Millbrook Independent,
July 8
Boughton, Kathryn, “Mill Gets New Lease on Life as an Emerging Arts Space”, Litchfield County Times
, July 2
Perrot, Jeff, “
Suggests: Whose Territorial Imperative”, artinfo.com, April 9
2005 New American Paintings, Number 60, Oct. 2005
Margaret Regan, “Rebirth Again”,
Tucson Weekly, September, p. 36
Rhonda Bodfield Bloom, “Artists to Watch”,
Arizona Daily Star, June 26, 2005, E1, E6