Sarah Hage "Art of Peace"
Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Boston College where she studied art history with Dr. Kenneth Craig. Since graduation, she has taken art history classes at Harvard Extension School, as well as figure drawing classes at Boston College, Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Arlington Center for the Arts. Sarah has worked in clay and
plaster sculpture with Barbara Zeles at Arlington Center for the Arts and has taken soft pastel portrait classes at Arlington Center for the Arts and at Santa Monica College. Recently, Sarah worked in oil painting with the renowned Chicana artist, Margaret Garcia, in Los Angeles.
Sarah works and lives in North Hollywood with her husband, Mark, and their two cats, Tiger and Euphrates.
Art is an expression of joy, freedom, and fun. I love using my hands to transform mundane objects and materials into fine art, and using fine art techniques to render trivial subjects ridiculous: “ancient” golden idols belie their humble papier-mâché origins and formal oil portraits of dogs in Mexican wrestling masks just make people laugh. Much of my art tends toward the traditional and figurative with a twist: my Day-of-the-Dead catrina sports a “real” boa instead of a feather one, and flying
angels appear to be pregnant. I find myself returning again and again to the ancient, fecund female form. I'm not sure why, but it might be as literal as using procreative figures to represent the creative process. After being banned in Boston for depicting nudity, I painted the Siren Song series of mermaids
with Renaissance faces whose breasts are partially obscured by fins, hands, hair, and musical instruments. Even so, I was banned in Worcester because the proprietor thought she saw part of a
nipple (no joke). I'm really not all that edgy. I am drawn to beauty; intense, saturated, color; sculptural forms; and nature. I have painted many animals, humans, and flowers—even cupcakes.
Part of the 18th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour on Sunday, November 21, 2010.