NARM Quarterly Winter 2020 | Page 2

All cover art and banner: Sarah Alexander, Grasping for the Brass Ring and detail of Grasping for the Brass Ring.

Winter featured artist:

Sarah Alexander’s work is highly detailed, layered, and fluid. Alexander creates through a stream of consciousness, and the resulting depictions appear gravity-defying. An avid observer of her environment, she engages in daily intuitive drawing sessions in order to access her subconscious. These daily sessions result in obsessive studies with subtle differences within the imagery. Alexander’s final images are imbued with empathy, naturalist imagery, and spiraling abstractions.

“Cataloging my life through daily drawing sessions using imagery from my own personal

history, I work obsessively to process my way through hectic days. Making this particular body of work out of steel has been cathartic for me. I wanted to see my drawings take form and become three dimensional, as a way to give them more power, and perhaps therefore to give myself more power. The decision to use steel was a natural one since I and my husband have owned and operated a steel fabrication business for nearly 4 decades.” - Sarah Alexander

Grasping for the Brass Ring; sculpted out of steel, Sarah Alexander’s relentless grassy shapes

twist and dance as if they were alive, defying the nature of the iron that has been hand hammered and formed, it appears to be weightless. When working with steel, she found that she loved the physicality of bending and twisting the pieces and fitting them together like a puzzle. She likes to approach the same subject using differing materials to see how it transforms the narrative of the subject. A grassy seed ball drawn with pen and ink or painted in watercolor, feels very different when “drawn” with steel.

Alexander is a member at Fountain Street Gallery in Boston Ma, and Director of Visual

Arts at The Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Instagram; @wanderingmindstudio