What’s your earliest memory of art making?
I remember making cards for my parents when I was 6 years old. I would spend hours detailing the cards using crayons and colored pencils. Your question helped me realize the cards that I made as a child formed my paintings as an adult in the use of color and intensity of detail. My Mom tells a story about one of the cards I made for her as a little girl, it was an Easter card with an Easter Bunny with a basket with two fried eggs. My mom said; “Sally sees the world differently then the rest of us.”
How do you describe your work and your process?
The materiality of paint is integral to my process and thinking. The viscosity of the material suggests sculpting in two dimensions. I use brushstrokes, patterns, forms, lines and dense paint to create physical representations; figures and objects that reside in two dimensions yet have a sensuality that is greater than the sum of its parts. I use the objects in the paintings to create abstractions that are unique to themselves and living in their own space, but also coexisting with the other objects in everyday environments.
I break down everything I depict so that it is form and reads as an abstract vocabulary. My goal is to determine exactly what is enough to suggest an object while still leaving room for uncertainty, ambiguity and interpretation. I am interested in the moments when a clunky, paint-encrusted form is seen as a stand-in for a table adorned with a cloth, or the fleeting moment when various brushstrokes trigger the mind to see a vase. These moments, when abstract forms become objects or objects become forms, create a push and pull that fascinates me. They raise questions about the clarity of experience, the slipperiness of perception and the tangibility of reality. I am interested in the intersection where abstraction meets and departs from representation, where there is something more, something mysterious, and you discover just how far you can push your mind to see the potentially infinite possibilities of it all.
What’s your favorite thing about painting?
When I start a new painting I never know where it will end, it’s the process and the journey that keeps the brush in my hand.
Who influences your practice?
You just graduated from Claremont Graduate University’s MFA program. What’s next?
I am currently interviewing with experienced painters. I received a fellowship that allows me to spend a year as an assistant. I am also moving into my new home and studio in Long beach. Can’t wait to get back to surfing.
Favorite places to see art in LA?
Love the gallery scene in Culver City, I am excited that I don’t have to move to New York to experience a world class art movement.