Sarah West

Region: South


City / State: Washington, DC

My paintings depict hybridized spaces in vivid colors, alternately fragmenting and coalescing. I consider play and discovery important components of both the execution of the painting and the viewer’s experience with it. I position my viewer as an explorer and navigator roaming through various spaces coexistent within a single composition, addressing the potential for fluidity between the material and the virtual.

This series combines references to Early Renaissance painting with digital symbols and software references. By pairing sacred narratives with digital symbols, the work suggests the spiritual undercurrents within digital technology, in its potential for enlightenment, transcendence, and evocation of the infinite. Emphasizing the role of painting as portal, the work points to our persistent desire to be transported by visual means.