Reception: Sept 26, 5 – 6:30pm
In Birds of Paradise, Sara questions the symbolism of conventional oil portraiture through a lens of eco-feminism by depicting traditionally oppressed bodies with dignity and grace.
Classically trained in the tradition of oil portraiture, in Sara’s work the tropes, images, and materials of the European canon become resignified. Her work is about liberating not just the subject from a patriarchal grasp but liberating the forms, techniques and materials from their historical usage and signification.
The tropical setting calls to mind women’s traditional connection to the earth, while also alluding to the colonial history of oppression. Sara questions the conventions of oil portraiture through a lens of eco-feminism by depicting traditionally oppressed bodies with the dignity, grace, and autonomy denied to them in the classical tradition.
Sara Golish received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as a Drawing & Painting major in 2008, acquiring the Eric Freifeld Award for “Proficiency in draughtsmanship” In 2011 to expand upon her visual language, she completed courses at George Brown College in graphic & web design and development.She has exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Charleston, Denver and New York.