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Sarah Olson

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Abyssal Night, 2012 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Panel 40 X 54 Inches
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Bubbled-head Wingless Pine Needler, 2012 Oil on Wood Panel 16 X 12 Inches
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Smokey Belly, 2012 Oil on Wood Panel 8 X 10 Inches
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Run Lolo Run, 2012 Oil on Wood Panel 60 X 48 Inches
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Muscle Tree, 2011 Oil on Wood Panel With Incised Line Drawing 6 X 6 Inches
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Rose Creature, 2011 Oil on Wood Panel With Incised Line Drawing 8 X 8 Inches
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Impossible Landscapes: Tree Planets Series (no. 3), 2011 Ink on Archival Paper 5 X 6-7/8 Inches
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Impossible Landscapes: Sketchbook Series (no. 3), 2010 Ink on Archival Paper 7-1/2 X 9-3/4 Inches
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Impossible Landscapes: Sketchbook Series (no. 11), 2010 Ink on Archival Paper 7-1/2 X 9-3/4 Inches
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Impossible Landscapes: Sketchbook Series (no. 15), 2010 Ink on Archival Paper 7-1/2 X 9-3/4 Inches
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Birds and Trees II, 2010 Watercolor, Ink, and Pastel on Paper 95 X 54 Inches
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Birds and Trees III, 2010 Watercolor, Ink, and Pastel on Paper 95 X 54 Inches
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Birds and Trees V, 2010 Watercolor, Ink, and Pastel on Paper 95 X 54 Inches
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Entwined 1 (Sandarbh U.S. International Artist Residency, Moultrie, GA) , 2008 Mixed Media on Paper 50 X 82 Inches
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Blue and Red (Sandarbh U.S. International Artist Residency, Moultrie, GA), 2008 Mixed Media on Paper 50 X 95 Inches
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Entwined 2 (Sandarbh U.S. International Artist Residency, Moultrie, GA), 2008 Mixed Media on Wood Panel 9 X 9 Inches
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Candyland, 2008 Oil and Ink on Wood Panel 12 X 16 Inches
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Limb, 2008 Oil and Ink on Wood Panel 12 X 16 Inches
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Pods 2, 2008 Mixed Media on Paper 9 X 12 Inches
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Rise of the Soul, 2005 Charcoal on Paper 90 X 150 Inches © Sarah Olson
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
New York Academy of Art, New York (USA), 1999, Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Painting
University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Painting
Tags
mixed-media, installation, landscape, performance, surrealism, modern, abstract, figurative, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

Sarah Olson’s work stretches the perception of natural and organic forms, and how they are constantly being damaged and consumed. Through drawing and painting she explores the beginning of time and the emergence of life: plant, animal, and extraterrestrial. Sarah combines organic forms --distended and distorted tree limbs, insects, birds, intestines, breasts, bellies, feet, genitals-- in order show the interconnected relationship between creatures we consider separate from ourselves. Exploring the intimate quality of line and the explosive quality of color, she examines how the natural world is constantly being damaged and consumed, as well as how it in turn, is consuming us. She twists forms together, playing with potential evolutionary scenarios. She has shown her paintings and drawings at international venues such as Neerja Modi Gallery, Jaipur, India; Gallery Satori, New York; Rivington Gallery, London; and Dahesh Museum. 

In her performance work, she explores the cross-pollination of dance and visual art. Sarah’s performance collaboration "Impossible Landscapes, Invisible Cities" at Da Gallery, New York, and I Made an Art, Brooklyn, suggests unimaginable scenarios within a post-apocalyptic geography through dance, music, spoken word, and live painting. "World Without a Head," performed at Educational Alliance, New York; Hacia Afuera Public Art Festival, New York; and MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA, employs recycled materials and painting to foreshadow the evolutionary effects of the destruction of our planet’s resources. She has also performed work in Rajasthan, India, and Joyce SoHo, New York, and created a multi-venue exhibition and public symposium, The Divine Body, at Columbia University. 

Sarah Olson was born in Riverfalls, Wisconsin, and lives and works in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. She holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.