BLUE SHIELD W/ BLUE

SARAH BOYTS YODER

MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER AND CANVAS
22" X 27"

$375

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'Never Once, Twice'

This body of work continues to explore my deep interest in and experimentation with repetition, ritual, obsession, compulsion, and habit.  Where do these lines intersect?  Are they actually even different?  What happens when I give in to these urges in my work over and over again? 

The familiar gesture can be a comfort, a meditation, a gateway to a broadened scope of vision.  It can also be a crutch we lean on when we feel lazy and uninspired.  Which is it in this work?   Can I toe the line between the two?  Maybe they are actually one and the same?

What is always surprising is that no matter how familiar the gesture, shape or color, it is never the same twice.  Even when deliberately trying to replicate a form, the shapes, the tone, the lines always delightfully resist exact duplication.  It's these intimate nuances and shifts that give the familiar characters life.  Repetitive image and mark making allow me to discover anew and experience joy in my materials on a very concrete, physical level.  Hopefully that translates, and relates to you, the viewer as well.

I've always been interested in narratives, although my work is primarily concerned with abstraction.  Repeating lets me, lets you, draw connections from work to work, recognize familiar characters in each new landscape, make a new story each time or continue with the ongoing one you've been building.   

My methods are sometimes laborious, as in the larger, layered paintings, and sometimes fast and scrappy, like the small works on paper.  In their different attitudes, they give insight into the other when considered side by side. 


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