Stanford University, MBA
As an undergraduate at Tel Aviv University, Israeli-born Sarah Gopher studied Political Science. She then continued to Stanford University for an MBA and followed it by working as a currency trader in NYC. By the time she returned to her first love, painting, she was a mother of four, knee deep in diapers, and living in Northern California.
Her first art teacher, while she was a student in Israel, was world-renowned Israeli artist Edwin Salomon. After renewing her art pursuit Gopher has taken lessons with a number of Northern California artists and teachers in both private and group/school settings.
In the last year, Gopher has moved towards fusing the realistic with the abstract, the figurative with the undefined landscape, and has intermingled brushwork and palette knife work in her paintings to create complementing and contrasting layers and textures.
When immigrating to a new country, you are suddenly torn between forever-conflicting forces. You can no longer be part of the old world that you left. You will never feel completely part of the new world you've chosen, or has been forced upon you. In The Promised Land series I present my own family - father, mother, and grandmother - as the émigrés who left the cold forests of Europe and found their way to Israel's arid desert, so opposite from where they came. The series explores our very relationship to place, and the ways in which the old and the new can intersect and coexist.
What do we see when we watch someone struggle with mental illness? A person's face is normally how we access their inner life, but suddenly there is so much going on behind it that we can't grasp, or even see. While they are on a journey we cannot comprehend, we see someone fractured and alien, deep wounds, jumbled minds, blindness, screams, and we can do nothing about it. We are powerless witnesses to someone else's story. The Lati Variations blows apart into twelve visible fragments the experience of trying to understand this journey, desparate to help but ultimately helpless.
Searching for Purple:
The current political discourse is a landscape of dug heels, deaf ears, shouting, close mindedness, and self-righteousness. Complex issues get boiled down to sound bites, and a multitude of opinions reduced to two warring sides. Wrong. Right. Strong. Weak. Red. Blue. Red. Blue. Is there hope for true dialogue in the face of all this animosity?
For this project I intentionally limited my palette to the most symbolic colors, and experimented with acrylic mediums and textural elements to create complexity within that narrow palette.