Focus Gallery One: History Painting
by Sarah Leflar
January 9 - February 21, 2015
History Painting is a series of finished wooden panels that hang on the wall.
For the pieces in this series, I developed processes to create complex surfaces on OSB (also called particle board) which is made from layers of wood chips electrostatically oriented and set in a glue matrix. When the material is sanded and finished with various combinations of wax, oil, stain, graphite and charcoal, the surfaces suggest agitation, depth, darkness and intelligence. This work uses a common building material, produced through wasteful and environmentally irresponsible processes, to create something that is beautiful and mysterious. The surfaces reflect the iconographic tradition of abstract expressionism and gestural painting, but they are not marked by any human hand, rather, they are the result of the excess and brutality of the industrial manipulation involved.
Sarah Leflar is an artist who lives and works in Fayetteville Arkansas. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Sculpture in 1988, left the practice of art for a number of years and resumed working in 2010.