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Seraphin Gallery proudly announces the opening of nettles, a solo exhibition featuring Rebecca Saylor Sack. The exhibition will run from February 27 through April 5, with an opening reception on Friday, February 27, from 6 – 8 PM.
In nettles, Rebecca Saylor Sack’s oil on panel paintings examine representations of nature and artificiality through the genres of the vanitas still life and memento mori. Sack is interested in the relationship between ideas of the garden versus the bouquet. The garden is seen as a natural place, even though its growth is pruned and cleared by the gardener. While the bouquet becomes a distillation of the garden, and in turn, a hyper-artificial representation of nature.
The artist works from life, setting up still lifes in her studio, and painting as true to scale as possible. All the forms used in her work are chosen for their personal resonance. The bones are ones that Sack has collected from her childhood, and the flowers are cut from plants she has cultivated. She chooses these forms because of their inherent transience, the bones as a representation of life and death, and flowers’ literal death throughout the process of painting them.
Sack employs thick brushstrokes and vibrant colors to create dense landscapes suggestive of natural events rife with dynamic change. She revels in the materiality of paint, building up the works’ surfaces to create a psychological and hallucinatory space that seems to envelop the viewer. Sack’s paintings court the extremities of stability and riot, growth and decay.
Rebecca Saylor Sack received an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BFA from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of the Fleisher Wind Challenge, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Seraphin Gallery (PA), Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (NY), J Cacciola Gallery (NY), Galleria Glance (Torino, IT), and The University of Delaware (DE). Her paintings are in the public collections of Temple University and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. Sack is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and the Painting Concentration Coordinator at The University of the Arts.