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I experience the world as an unstable and complicated place, and I strive to convey that instability and complexity in my work. By exploring my subjects from multiple perspectives and manipulating spaces and forms, I undermine my assumptions about the world around me and push myself and the viewer to ask new questions.
My work evolved throughout the senior seminar as I developed new strategies to push my representation of space and form. When we were forced to leave the studio because of COVID-19, my process changed dramatically. As I adjusted to a chaotic living situation and a cluttered environment, I began to sketch my surroundings, forcing myself to carefully observe what I saw and giving myself an opportunity to respond to it. From the sketches, I created paintings that dramatized my sense of disorientation, by distorting the spaces and forms even further. By manipulating the images in unexpected and contradictory ways, I share my sense of discomfort and confusion with the viewer.
House, Sarah, "Distortion, Contortion, Disorientation, Manipulation, Exploration, Inspiration: Experiments with Space and Form in Painting" (2020). Dickinson College Honors Theses. Paper 377.