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"I’ve used the idea of looking at the surface of the Earth as a model for saying that this is the surface of our collective skin."
- Sarah Trigg

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Sarah Trigg

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Born
1973
Works In
Brooklyn, NY
Themes & Inspiration
Geography, Land, Destruction, Environment, Maps
Techniques & Media
Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Influences
Albert Oehlen, Joachim Patinir, Pieter Bruegel, Jacob Van Ruisdael, J.M.W. Turner, Futurist painting, Anselm Kiefer, Moyra Davey, Sophie Ristelhueber, and the sculptors David Altmejd, Huma Bhabha, and Matthew Monahan

Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Trigg explores modern landscapes through painting. Beginning as abstract interpretations of maps and man-made markings on land, her current body of work has transformed into energetic, fully abstract depictions of the activities on the Earth’s surface.

Her investigation began as a semi-narrative landscape, when image searching on the Internet began to be readily available, and is now a fully abstract painting. After collecting thousands of images based on events from a particular day in history, such as satellite images from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Trigg would create combined landscapes of modern day markings on the face of the earth. She recognizes the markings for their aesthetic value as they develop an artistic relationship between Earth and the human body which she refers to as our collective skin.

Through these associations, Sarah Trigg strives to make a cohesive composition of otherwise disconnected imagery to re-enact and bring to light the actions taking place instantaneously on a local and global scale.

Sarah Trigg graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States including Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (New York), ADA Gallery (Virginia), the Bronx Museum of Art (New York), Weatherspoon Art Museum (North Carolina), the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), and Lehmann Maupin (New York).

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