Sarah C.B. Guthrie holds an M.F.A in Visual Arts at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and a B.A. from Davidson College.
It is a pleasure and privilege to feature Sarah’s series, Social Network, on Longridge Review.
“My cultural production takes many forms, including painting, drawing, and performance; all share a commitment to and explore all manners of communication. I intentionally choose the form that best matches the experience I want for the viewer/audience.
To create the paintings in Social Network, I developed a set of rules to follow in each piece. As I painted, I examined my obsession with those rules and to making the work, which took on a performative aspect. Every day I woke and went straight to the studio. Every night ended in the studio, usually too late. I lost interest in food, sleep, and social events. The work became my social network. The patterns in the work seemed like clusters of relationships like a social network and were inspired by people in my life, landscapes, and even spiritual epiphanies.
As paintings finished, I posted them to Facebook, expanding the social network of the work itself and opening dialog at the level of a global chat, told in character and color limits.”
Sarah’s work expands well beyond the Social Network series. Among other visual art pieces is Pollinate, an intimate look at a painful process; the drawings are detailed and small – 4” x 6” – requiring the viewer to move in closer to experience the piece. It’s dialog at the level of whisper. Corporate Masters considers the question: Given their wealth and power, if corporations are indeed people, wouldn’t they want to be immortalized in a portrait in the style of the great Masters?