Sarah Winkler: Dreams About the West
July 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sarah Winkler has made her own form of narrative told through the geology of time and space. By creating painterly textures based on patterns found in landscapes, Sarah suggests familiar places. Layers of stone, sand, ice, and mountains are arranged to capture a moment in nature that will inevitably change.
“It was Summer, late ’90s, I’d finished college back East and was searching for adventure. Heading towards distant horizons to find myself, my purpose, my dreams. I yearned for fertile ground to become someone. To seek a creative life, of art, of adventure, and freedom. The sun was setting above a hot dusty trail that I’d driven for days, rising and falling in gentle rolls, past Joshua Trees, Junipers, red mesas, sandstone buttes. I came over a large rise and the sky lit up a mosaic of clouds, a rainbow of color billowing above in soft pillows of pinks, oranges, purples, and desert blues. The long highway pierced through the arid lands and into the mouth of Death Valley National Park. I stopped the car, stood in the middle of the tarmac, and threw my hands to the enormous sky in gratitude. This was the West. I’d arrived. She seduced me right then and there. I never looked back. I never left.
“Dreams about the West” is a line from the song “Fire On The Mountain” recorded in 1975 by the Marshall Tucker Band. It’s a song about the desire to leave all that you know, your family, your home and head beyond the horizon to unknown country to find your fortunes out West.
The collection of works for this exhibition will explore and reveal some of my favorite mountain and desert vistas. After two decades of roaming the Colorado Plateau from Death Valley to the Colorado River, to the Rocky Mountains, awed by its raw beauty and geological story, the places I will reveal through paint are in essence my love song to the West. The paintings will have minerals embedded in them collected from the river beds, mesas, and mountain peaks. You might discover Sandstone, mica flake, marble dust, obsidian, gold, and turquoise in the works.”