Sarah Ann Weber employs painting and drawing to create overgrown landscapes that are both verdant and putrefied, while confounding traditional expectations of the landscape genre. Rather than replicating the surface details of our natural surroundings, Weber’s marvelous evocations of nature concern themselves with the spiritual essence of the world, decentralizing the figure. By choreographing vegetation through her imaginative stylizations, the artist proposes that psychological and emotional worlds are as complex and as ripe for exploration as the one beyond our bodies. Weber’s all-over composition style results in works that are deliriously vibrant and feral, uncovering dualities of nature—as a source of beauty and innocence, equally entwined with aggression, and indifference.
Sarah Ann Weber (b. 1988, Chicago, IL) received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Weber has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at venues including Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Club Pro, Los Angeles; and The Franklin, Chicago. Selected group exhibitions include Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco; MAUVE Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn; Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles; Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin; Locust Projects, Miami; and Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. As an Artist in Residence in 2012 at the Vermont Studio Center she received an Artist Grant and was a recipient of the Ox-Bow Scholarship funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2013. She lives and works in Los Angeles.