Artist Statement/Bio

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Sarah S. Curley was educated in the East, worked in Manhattan for 10 years, and moved to the Midwest and, later, Arizona where she currently resides.  At an early age, she began an exploration of photography and painting.  Initially focusing on realism to express her connection with nature, she has progressed from impressionism to landscape photography and modern art as a means for her expression of, and interaction with, form, color, texture, and line.

Sarah Curley’s film and digital landscape photographs focus on the natural beauty of Arizona; however, the mountains of Colorado are a favorite subject as well.  Her landscape photographs are part of the permanent collection of the James A. Walsh Courthouse, Tucson, Arizona, and the Federal Building, located at 230 N. First Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.

For her modern art, common objects, generally from nature, such as rocks, dirt, and flowers, are now used in her compositions.  Over the last five years, she has focused on mixed media, utilizing the alternative photographic process of cyanotype as the foundation for her art.  Utilizing silk and cotton as the canvas, she places drawings, transparencies, digital negative, and/or objects on the fabric.  The pieces may be enhanced with water colors, charcoal, or acrylic paints.

She has been juried into The Gallery at el Pedregal, on Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, and her work will be on exhibit from November 2017, through February 2018.  The work that is currently part of the exhibit is from her body of work known as “Blue Renewal.”  She has updated her blog to include one of the pieces that is currently on exhibit.

Over the years, she has been in a number of national juried shows.  In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 her work was exhibited in Light Sensitive, a National Juried Exhibition, featuring alternative photographic processes, at Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, Arizona.  In 2014, her work was selected to be exhibited in the 18th Annual “Lines Into Shapes” National Juried Art Show & Sale, at the Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado.  In 2015, she was part of the “Force of Nature” Juried Show at the Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona.  She was also the primary artist at the University Club, Phoenix, AZ, with 30 landscape and inkjet prints of cyanotype-on-silk fabric on display and for sale during May and June of 2016.  She is currently a member of the Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek, AZ, and is a sponsoring member of the Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, Arizona.

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