Floribunda encompasses the worlds of flora, farming and fashion, while playing with ideas of decoration, beauty and sensuality. The artist, Sarah Fairchild, grew up in the Midwest surrounded by lush fields and gardens; she connects plants to memories of family and to a deep sense of belonging and purpose. Floribunda is an exploration of the rose and its temporary beauty, representing the struggles and joys within life’s journey. By considering the rose in this unusual way, the artist hopes to arouse a new sense of wonder and connection to the form. The thorns and stems are as beautiful as the blooms, as the artist literally prunes these shapes into a collage of “cut” flowers, an abstract composition reminiscent of Baroque floral paintings.
The artist’s technique involves using silkscreens to print on fabric, then covering them with metallic foils, and adding another layer of silkscreen designs and painting to achieve dramatic affects. Many of the forms are adorned with hand-applied flocking and Swarovski crystals, and the final collage is cut out from the confines of the paper, creating a live edge. The full and prickly organic shapes of these roses—gilded in gem-colored metallic foil—invite the viewer into a lush, secret garden.
Interior (Lobby Display Cases):
Mixed media installation
On View: October 2 – November 15, 2019
Exterior (Retail Storefront):
Vinyl, artwork adapted from the original painting, Green Cabbage Roses
On View: October 2, 2019 – May 1, 2020
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sarah Fairchild is a painter and printmaker, who creates obsessive and visually alluring work that plays within the themes of organic beauty and sensuality. Sarah highlights common, often ignored forms, such as plants and vegetables, giving them an otherworldly glow using vibrant hues, metallic foils and a tactile nature with hand applied flocking. Her creative process investigates her concern for the environment and sustainable food sources, while also exploring aspects of the handmade verses the mass-produced. Keyes Gallery featured new work in the Hamptons in spring 2019. Cruciferous, a temporary installation adapted from two of her original paintings, adorned the lobby of the Grace Building in New York City in early 2018. Opera Columbus commissioned her to design the set for their production of Lully’s Armide in 2014. Recent features of her work appeared in New American Paintings, International Painting Annual, Studio Visit Magazine and Creative Quarterly. Sarah’s work is included in several public and private collections including the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection. Visit her on Instagram at @sarahfairchildstudio.