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Bright Sides by Sarah Jane Sutterfield

Apr 22–Oct 2, 2022

The Closet

Sarah Jane Sutterfield is an interdisciplinary artist whose divergent approaches to making focus on gesture through materiality and color.

Bright Sides, Sutterfield’s site-specific installation in The Closet Saint Kate, radiates warmth, positivity, and an unquestionably gestural approach to painting. Through painting, sculptural weaving, and metallic film, she treats the entire Closet as her compositional field, and invites guests to consider the potential of expanding beyond the limits of the traditional canvas.

The lustrous nature of the metallic film—in addition to Sutterfield’s profusion of pink—not only engenders reflection about the material implications of her work, but also a sense of optimism.

Decidedly sanguine, this installation conveys the artist’s broader sense of liberalism and curiosity about colors and materials, and encourages viewers to depart the everyday and see the bright side.

Sutterfield holds a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She has participated in the residency program at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), exhibited regionally, and maintains her studio practice at Var Gallery + Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Learn more and follow Sutterfield’s process @girlofthe21st

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