Ceres Gallery is pleased to announce Sara Conklin’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Minor Surgery : Works on Paper, on view October 2 to 27, 2012.
Sara Conklin is her father’s daughter. Having a father who was a country doctor whose medical office was in the house, the happenings, tools, drawings and medical paraphernalia of his practice became part of the fabric of her daily life. It is a natural progression that anatomical drawings, x-rays and notations are fodder for Conklin’s work. The irony of Conklin’s work is that in addition to her upbringing the trauma of having broken her neck in a horseback riding accident has led her to develop her current work and its distinct, personal aesthetic. Conklin’s provocative imagery seems to have a one two punch that serves to demonstrate the trappings of healing dealing simultaneously with the physical and emotional paths. The art is a catharsis of relieving not only physical pain but emotional pain, while emphasizing the fragility of our bodies and our minds.
Incorporating exquisitely tender original pencil drawings with postoperative neck x-rays, Conklin juxtaposes the biomorphic yet mechanical nature of the human spine and the foreign hardware that ultimately held her neck, and herself, together. Sara Conklin’s work suggests an inherent vintage quality while the use of twenty-first century technology is revealed.
Besides the two solo exhibitions that she will have had at Ceres, Conklin has had solos with the Delaware Valley Arts, Alliance, Narrowburg, NY, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT, and the Broome Street Gallery, NYC. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions including an exhibition at the Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY, Artspace, in New Haven, CT to name a few. She has received notices in publications such as Tolt News, including the Cover, NY Arts Magazine, Catskill Mountain Region Guide. Ms. Conklin received her BS in Art from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. She also did further studies at Smith College, Northampton, MA and the Art Students League in NYC.